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2020 repress of 2012 album! 200 copies on transparent red and 100 copies on blue & white half/half split + blue & white splatter vinyl as Kozmik Mailorder edition. All in 300gsm standard sleeve.
People, this is an album chock full of fuzzed out tones, echoed vocals and stop/start beats that likely would have been on quite a few "best of" lists had it not been released at the ass end of 2012. Listening to The Heavy Eyes is like a hallucination for the ears. You can take my word for it ... the psychedelic blues of this Memphis trio will send you from Beale Street to oblivion ... and that's an experience that is not to be missed.
- HEAVY PLANET
The Heavy Eyes are an up and coming stoner/ blues rock band hailing from Memphis, Tennessee. These guys go back to the essence of the late 60's and early 70's to create their own distinct sound; Somewhere between Five Horse Johnson, Radio Moscow and Led Zeppelin. The band's second full-length, Maera continues where The Heavy Eyes left off. Behind the colourful artwork lies a clearer sound, more organic songwriting and tons of killer groove. The whole thing is driven by a hypnotic psychedelic vibe (think Jimi Hendrix) that goes perfectly with the excellent vocals. I think The Heavy Eyes are currently one of the best new bands out there and their latest album kicks more ass than a whole temple of shaolin monks. Yes, you should hear it.
The Heavy Eyes play a groove-laden style of blues with a hard and heavy edge. There are no major departures on 'Maera' from the identity the band established for themselves on their self-titled debut. The Heavy Eyes find their groove on 'Maera' allowing the blues to wash over them in a rising tide of fuzz, riffs and crash. I start to wonder if these lads are incapable of recording a bad song, I haven't heard one from them yet. I'd be surprised if this and future albums don't gain the band a lot more attention above and below ground. There are so many gigantic riffs on display on this album that taken as a complete work 'Maera' is truly staggering and definitely the best new blues/rock album I've heard since The Black Keys' 'The Big Come Up' way back when. Rating 5/5
- PARANOID HITSOPHRENIC
The Heavy Eyes are set to roll out the follow-up to their self-titled debut with Maera, a joy ride from start to finish. Keeping good on their roots of Memphis rhythm and blues, the band scratch and claw their way for the distortion pedal, as they crank the amp up to eleven. None may phrase it better than the band, who call themselves "psychedelic blues rock ... similar to a skeleton driving a speed boat on a flaming Mississippi River headed back to 1969." Rating 8,5/10
- BLUES ROCK REVIEW