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Review: Heavens Decay - The Great Void of Mystery
Heavens Decay
The Great Void of Mystery

Label: Chaos Records
Year released: 2016
Duration: 45:21
Tracks: 9
Genre: Heavy Metal


Review online: April 16, 2017
Reviewed by: MetalMike
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Rated 3.4/5 (68%) (5 Votes)

Heavens Decay is a joint effort between American-based singer Nick Hernandez (Stone Magnum) and guitarist Julio Viterbo (Question of Madness) and drummer Oscar Clorio (Denial) both hailing from Mexico. The band's debut, The Great Void of Mystery, is their take on early 80s, NWOBHM-inspired Heavy Metal. Iron Maiden is the prime reference with lots of twin guitar interplay (overdubbed it would seem as Viterbo is the only guitarist listed in the credits) and noodling solos. Hernandez vocals have an Ape di Martini (OZ) gruffness with a touch of Phil Swanson's emotion but he hits a lot of flat notes throughout the album. Once or twice wouldn't be a problem but almost every song features him hitting at least one sour note which I found distracting. Otherwise, he's got a nice, powerful delivery. The songwriting is pretty standard and there's nothing that gives Heavens Decay any individuality among the bands playing this style. Decent, but not essential.

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