On the heels of the fall release of their acclaimed comeback release Wheels of Impermanence, Canadian progressive metallists HEAVEN’S CRY will reissue their first two albums, Food For Thought Substitute and Primal Power Addiction, on January 8, 2013.
The albums – which are now available for pre-order separately or as a specially-priced bundle – along with revamped artwork, have been newly remixed by Yannick St-Amand (Despised Icon, Beneath The Massacre, Kataklysm) and remastered by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Katatonia, Symphony X).
“I’m having a blast listening to our music the way we imagined it back then,” says vocalist/guitarist Pierre St-Jean
“Our music has multiple layers where guitars and bass play different parts to create textures, and since our music is less riff-oriented than what most rock and metal bands do, it’s important to hear every detail, every instrument clearly. That is now possible, thanks to Yannick and Jens.”
Guitarist Eric Jarrin (ex-Despised Icon) added,
“I’m so grateful that Prosthetic Records agreed to re-release our first two albums. We worked very hard writing those tunes but unfortunately, we did not have the resources at the time to make it sound the way we wanted it to. Having the opportunity to revisit these albums and give them a new polish, it finally feels like justice has been done to these songs. You know, in the making of a progressive album, every detail is important. Our goal has always been to make sure that the music and the lyrical content are coherent, and that every instrument plays its role in the process. Now that they have been remixed properly, you can hear the music we wrote in its entirety.”
HEAVEN’S CRY formed in the early ’90s in Montreal. Before long, founding members St-Jean and Sylvain Auclair (vocals, bass) signed with Canadian label Hypnotic Records and recorded their debut album Food For Thought Substitute in 1996. The album was simultaneously released in Japan and was awarded the #13 spot for “Metal Albums of 1996” in Burrn! Magazine. Subsequently, the band’s buzz spread throughout Europe and earned the band several “album of the month” features in many acclaimed magazines.
René Lacharité (drums) and Eric Jarrin (guitar, ex-Despised Icon) joined the band prior to the release of their second record, Primal Power Addiction, in 2002 on Dutch label DVS Records. The groundbreaking, critically acclaimed release was well received and earned the band a spot on the prestigious ProgPower Festival in the Netherlands, as well as a European tour supporting Threshold. HEAVEN’S CRY supported the album’s North American release by performing alongside the likes of Anvil, Planet X, Arena, and Nightwish in 2004.
After taking a seven-year hiatus, the band recently released their third album, Wheels Of Impermanence, which Blistering.com labeled as “power metal majesty.”
The band supported the release by headlining the ProgPower Festival in the Netherlands in October and are scheduled to take part in the ProgPower USA Festival in 2013.
For more information on the band, please visit: http://www.heavenscry.com/