Heretic’s Dream – Walk The Time (Album Review)

Heretic's Dream - Walk The Time

The L.P. Walk The Time is the second release from the Italian gothic/prog metal unit Heretic’s Dream. Formed in 2010, the band is relatively new, yet to have two releases under its belt already is pretty good going.

Listening to the eleven tracks on this album, it’s not difficult to tell that the band hasn’t been together for all that long and that they’ve had a few line-up changes. Somehow the production isn’t as sharp as it could be, and it seems that they were scratching around for enough track-worthy numbers but having said that, there are some gems here.

The first track ‘Outcasted’ holds much promise, and while it would probably require a few listens to fully appreciate it, it does showcase the voice of Francesca Di Ventura and evokes the gothic flavor and darkness of the lyrics. The guitar-heavy music twists and turns from melodic heavy rock to metal distortion and at times even acquires a certain softness.

‘Chains of Blood’ begins with urgency then glides into a gentle lyrical take-off. Listen for the staccato guitars on this track. ‘Dream’s Falling’ is the only song that includes your typical death metal growl, but keep in mind that this band’s usual genre doesn’t frequently cross over into the harder stuff.

There are a couple of songs that don’t seem to fit at all. ‘Believe In You’ is a ballad that’s very folksy. In it you hear all the usual instruments, with the addition of the flute. Many of us aren’t averse to a bit of orchestral philandering in our metal, but somehow the flute doesn’t fit here. ‘Fighting Time’ is a duet. Again it’s tough to know why it’s here on this album, being more of a pop song.

The album ends on a high with ‘The Next Level’. Here the band returns to heavier musicianship and gothic vocals. It’s what they’re good at, and to quote an old T.V. ad, “When you’re on a good thing, stick to it”.

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Release Year: 2013
Label: self-released
Category: Album
Country: Italy

Reviewed bySharon Brookes