“Think Queen having a barney with Dream Theater as Rush and Iron Maiden duke it out on the sidelines!” – PROG Magazine
Drawing influence in equal parts from heavy metal legends and prog rock luminaries, HeKz seek to take the original progressive metal blueprint and rewrite it for themselves.
Their debut album ‘TABULA RASA’ laid a firm foundation, and follow up effort ‘CAERUS’ saw the band striving to fuse the two contrasting elements of their sound to produce something truly unique. With their third album ‘INVICTA’, HeKz presents a more homogenised sound – combining the best of what has come before and taking it forward into exciting and unexplored territory.
The cornerstones of the band’s sound; the commanding vocal delivery of Matt Young and the characteristic twin guitars of Al Beveridge and Tom Smith are augmented by Mauro Zarattini’s swirling synths and chunky Hammond, all kept in line by the tasteful and daring drumming of Kirk Brandham.As ever, the song is king and the band never veer into self-indulgence but rathermore merge virtuosic passages with fist-pumping melodies and a dramatic storytelling sensibility.
Taken from the Latin word for “unconquered”, ‘INVICTA’ is a celebration of perseverance and resilience.The ten songs on the album come together to form a story of betrayal, loss, reconciliation and hope. The themes of the songs are rooted in real experience, reflecting the triumph and defeat that we all encounter on our journey through life and, in the case of the latter, how we can choose to be consumed by it, or fight on and emerge stronger.
The Paradox Twin
Originating in Berkshire and fronted by main songwriter Danny Sorrell, ‘The Paradox Twin’ are a progressive rock quartet Danny says this about his band signing to White Star Records: “I am so ecstatic for the journey ahead – I haven’t stopped smiling since everything has finally come together. White Star Records have given me a platform to progress my life-long passion of music, and I cannot wait for this album to finally be revealed to the world. It’s been a long time since I sat down and started putting thoughts to paper.”
Talking about the concept of the 7 song opus that has tracks ranging anywhere from 6-10 minutes long, Danny explains that he is “influenced and inspired by conspiracy theories and the idea that humans on Earth are being controlled by extra-terrestrial beings.” The lyrical content of the album can be linked to various conspiracy theories such as 911, and different ideas on the topics of otherworldly seers are gradually unveiled throughout this fine piece of progressive work, that also features some special guests.
‘The Importance of Mr Bedlam’ was produced by John Mitchell, and features guest spots from both John Mitchell and Kim Seviour, keeping with the White Star Records cross-collaboration ethos.
Danny says that to fully immerse himself in the songwriting process he tries not to listen to music during that time period, so to not have too many obvious influences creeping in to the band’s soundscapes. However, when talking about the band’s core sound, he claims that he enjoys the works of Steven Wilson, Opeth and My Dying Bride, and the poetic artistry that comes with these acts.
The Paradox Twin is Danny Sorrell, Diane Fox, Leland Freeman, Rob McGregor.
Chris Hillman from White Star Records says this about the signing: “When we started White Star Records, John Mitchell & I decided not to release loads and loads of music but to focus on quality over quantity. Therefore when we sign anything it has to be something that we both think is great. Recently John played me tracks from a new artist that had been in his studio. He was very excited about it. The artist was The Paradox Twin and after a couple of listens I could see why John was so enthusiastic. It was great stuff and I couldn’t stop playing it. The album has a very interesting concept whilst the music combines classic rock and prog elements with a contemporary uplifting feel and we both feel that it is a worthy addition to our emerging catalogue of releases