First Reaction: Failure "The Heart Is A Monster"
Tue, 02 Jun 2015 13:24:36
Space rock overlords return with the classic we've been waiting for since 1996!
Failure's The Heart Is A Monster hits shelves everywhere on June 30, 2015 via INresidence—the INgrooves Music Group artist services division. It's been a long time coming, our First Reaction is that this is the epic the world's anxiously awaited since the group's landmark Fantastic Planet in 1996.
Most importantly, The Heart Is A Monster sees Ken Andrews [lead vocals, guitar, bass, programming, mixing, mastering], Greg Edwards [guitar, bass, keyboards], and Kellii Scott [drums, percussion] firing on all cylinders with an eye for cosmic err sonic supremacy.
Over the years, many albums could be considered spiritual successors to Fantastic Planet, whether it's Muse finding their Absolution in 2003, Interpol deciding to Turn on the Bright Lights during 2002, or even Deftones riding the White Pony in 2000. It feels like post-Failure, so many groups took their otherworldly intergalactic guitar hum and blasted off to far sonic realms on its fumes.
Let's face it. Most modern indie rock wouldn't exist without Failure, whether the artists admit it or not. It's hard to imagine either Thirty Seconds to Mars or Alt-J without Mr. Ken Andrews's template from long ago. Some will proudly fly the Failure flag from Tool, A Perfect Circle, and Puscifer frontman Maynard James Keenan to Paramore's Haylely Williams. A Perfect Circle even churned out a fantastic cover of "The Nurse Who Loved Me" on The Thirteenth Step, but we digress...
Failure's influence will certainly and undoubtedly be felt now with the release of The Heart Is A Monster. Beginning with "Segue 4," things literally pick up where they left off on Fantastic Planet. A dirge of guitars fuels a hypnotic vocal melody from Ken as Kellii's drums practically lift off the ground on "Hot Traveler."