Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Heylel


 
About: Heylel

Born in the fall of 2012, Heylel present themselves as an alternative prog rock band with a gothic twist. The Portuguese quartet aim to recapture the essence of old school Progressive Rock, whilst adding their very personal touch. The outcome is a dark, atmospheric and involving sound.

Heylel enjoy creative freedom, meaning they avoid connections with any particular music style but rather direct their energy towards creating emotional connections and passing messages to the audience, regardless of the melodic approach they feel appropriate for each story. This happens mostly because of the diverse art background that each band member provides.

The author, Narciso Monteiro, former student of Porto's Jazz School, was also the guitar player and co-founder of The Gama GT Blues Project, a Portuguese original only blues band with two released records. In "Nebulae" he recorded guitars, bass and keyboards. He is recently also working in other contemporary art projects, like sound tracking Hans Richter's "Two pence magic", for the 2013 edition of the Amares animation and experimental cinema festival.

Ana Batista, the lead singer, has a strong classical and church choir instruction, providing the band with a soft angelical tone, turning every song into a balanced experience between power and smoothness.

Filipe Braga is in charge of the drums but his established and recognized career as a photographer also places him as the main image coordinator, in order to complete the audio experience with a visual component. His contribution with the pictures that relate with each song, which can be seen in the record booklet, provide a visual art complement to the band's "more than music" concept on this release.

Nebulae

The band's debut album is undoubtedly inspired by its creator, quest for enlightenment and meaning. "Nebulae" is a conceptual vision over life and death, represented in the form of a star life-cycle. The record is presented with eleven tracks divided into four chapters, from a star birth until its extinction, creating intense emotional passages through life's stages.

"Nebulae" delivers a strong, dark but yet hopeful atmospheric sound, sometimes almost resembling a movie soundtrack.
It combines all their progressive rock influences, including a cover for King Crimson's "I talk to the wind" and ELP's "The Sage", with more contemporary alternative sounds, ranging from the exploding power of "The Prophet" and the ultra heavy guitars on "Watcher of the Light", to smooth and peaceful sounds like "Deeper" or "Wings of Eternity", with this last one resembling also baroque influences.







Heylel – Official Website
http://www.heylel.net/
Heylel - Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/heylel.band
Video!
Heylel - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/user/heylelband
Buy Music!
Heylel – Official Store
http://www.heylel.net/store
Heylel - Bandcamp
http://heylel.bandcamp.com/

 

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