Review HEAVY WATER ‘Red Brick City’

Like father like son. That could be the header for the debut album of Heavy Water. The band premiers on July 23rd with ‘Red Brick City and although the outfit is a rather new one, the names behind this moniker are well-known.

Heavy Water is the lockdown project of Saxon’s legendary frontman Biff Byford und his son Seb. The two-generation duo drives this project, supported Tom Witts on drums and Dave Kemp on keyboards and saxophone. The bass guitar was handled by father Byford, who also shares the vocals with Seb. The latter plays the guitar on the album that starts in s winging mood with ‘Solution’. The dark and a bit mystic ‘Turn to Black’ is next, handing things over to the title track. ‘Red Brick City’ is a grunge-reminding track that start with a down-tuned riff. Tempo is kept slow which amplifies the might expression of this song. Soundgarden comes to one’s mind when listening to the tune that also includes a very well-crafted chorus.

‘Revolution’ is changing gears. The song comes with a higher pace and a tempo change in the chorus. 

The album includes a lot of the 70s rock spirit, manifested in a cool and grooving fashion in ‘Medicine Man’. No doubt, this song is a musical medicine that might not be able to heal, but for sure provides energy. The calmer and still intense notes are what makes ‘Follow This Moment’ special and so does the saxophone solo that acts as refreshing element on this longplayer. Blues is what drives ‘Now I’m Home’ before the first tones of ‘Faith’ start the final stage of this longplayer.

Heavy Water is a project that might not would have happened without the pandemic. Fortunately, the Byford family had time to work on ‘Red Brick City’ because it is an excellent rock album that shows various nuances of rock, all hold together by musicians that obviously enjoy what they are doing, unleashing their passion and dedication for rock.

Rating: 8 out of 10.

Tracklist:

  1. Solution
  2. Turn to Black
  3. Red Brick City
  4. Tree in the Wind
  5. Revolution
  6. Personal Issue No. 1
  7. Medicine Man
  8. Follow This Moment
  9. Now I’m Home
  10. Faith

Label: Silver Lining Music

Genre: Hard Rock

Release Date EU: July 23rd, 2021

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