Mike Seguin (guitars/vocals/keys), Dan Fried (drums/percussion/vocals) and Budd Lapham (bass/vocals) are Heavy AmericA. They released an eclectic rock album entitled ...Now. The production is pretty solid overall and the songs are well written.
That being said the songs felt pretty traditional no matter what niche they attempted and there wasn’t a whole lot of out of the box experimentation.
They open with “Proud Shame” which starts with drums, bass, guitar and moaning vocals. I was intrigued by the intro. On the verse you get to hear the vocalist’s pipes. He sounds good and I thought the melodies were fairly catchy.
Once the chorus hits there is a classic ’70s crunch to the chorus. Up next is another solid rocker entitled “Bleed Mary.” The song has an ‘80s metal vibe especially during the part where his vocals are aggressive. “Pray For Me” is one of the heavier songs on the album while “Sweet Kisses” almost has a Steve Miller band type vibe.
As the album progresses the band gently bends the rock genre implementing aspects of prog, metal and classic rock. One of my favorites was “Goliath” which had a distinct ’70s flavor that will make Alice Cooper fans happy. The other highlight was “Achilles Heel” which had a couple of infectious grooves.
Although ...Now isn’t the most contemporary or original albums that I have heard recently it has its moments. At the end of the day Heavy America is a no frills rock band playing a batch of solid songs.
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