REVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN
‘Heart Avail’ is the self-titled debut release from the Washington symphonic rock four-piece.
In a recent interview I conducted with the band, vocalist Aleisha Simpson told me that recording the EP had “acted as a sort of therapy session” for her, and this can easily be heard.
With lyrics that are frank and personal, dealing with an overall sensitive theme of the loss of loved ones, Simpson pours her heart out with an emotional, melodic vocal delivery, which at times, resembles that of Evanescence frontwoman Amy Lee.
The vocals are just one of the highlights of an offering that has clearly been crafted with much love.
The heavy but catchy guitar riffery also plays an important role in the make-up of the sound, with strong solos, courtesy of guitarist Greg Hanson, featuring throughout, also acting as a bookend to each of the five tracks.
Every song has been well put together, substantial in both length and depth, and it seems that the outfit have recorded these with one eye on how they would go down at a live show.
An example of this is the seven minute epic ‘Always’, which for almost the first two minutes, contains a haunting Fields of the Nephilim-style instrumental.
With this robust debut, it will be interesting to see how Heart Avail, who should appeal to fans of bands such as Evanescence and Nightwish, will go from here.
Hopefully, in time, they will scale the same heights of the two outfits just mentioned.
TOP TRACK: ‘Always’