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Heavy AmericA - "Pretender"

MUSIC FARMER 5 - Review by Adam Jones

A Gritty & Graceful Ode to Rock's Unyielding Spirit

In the world of modern rock, it's exceedingly rare to encounter a song that vibrates with the genuine energy and innovative flair reminiscent of rock's golden era. Heavy AmericA's "Pretender" emerges as such a marvel—a potent anthem that nods to the illustrious past of rock while establishing a formidable presence all its own. From the initial notes, with their darkly inviting guitar riffs, the listener is ushered into an electrifying odyssey.


The trio from Boston, comprising Michael T. Seguin (lead vocals, guitar), Budd Lapham (bass, vocals), and Dan Fried (drums, vocals), infuses the track with their varied influences and rich experience, crafting a sound that is as eclectic as it is captivating. The introduction of "Pretender" grips the listener with an edge that instantly enthralls, as an intense guitar riff echoes through the conscience. It is followed by a thunderous drum fill, echoing the legendary prowess of drummers like John Bonham, laying the foundation for a bass guitar that does more than accompany; it amplifies, adding a depth that reverberates to the listener's core.


As the lead vocals enter, there's an undeniable fervor and intensity that rivals the iconic presence of AC/DC, yet carries a melodic richness akin to the Eagles. This distinctive blend lends Heavy AmericA's "Pretender" an aura that is both reflective of rock's storied history and refreshingly novel. The song strikes a balance between being robust and elegant, rugged yet refined, coarse yet undeniably magnetic—a reflection of Heavy AmericA's skill in transcending the confines of genre to redefine the boundaries of rock.


At the song's midpoint, a guitar solo bursts forth with the skill and artistry reminiscent of Eddie Van Halen. It's a moment that not only honors the legends but also firmly positions Heavy AmericA as custodians of rock's enduring legacy.

 

As the lead vocals enter, there's an undeniable fervor and intensity that rivals the iconic presence of AC/DC, yet carries a melodic richness akin to the Eagles. This distinctive blend lends Heavy AmericA's "Pretender" an aura that is both reflective of rock's storied history and refreshingly novel.

 

Since their inception in 2014, Heavy AmericA has consistently showcased a dedication to evolving the rock genre. Their evolution from the initial self-titled debut EP to the impactful resonance of singles like "Pray For Me" and "If You Care" reveals a band unafraid to explore new horizons. "Pretender" is a vibrant addition to their repertoire, symbolizing the band's dynamic capabilities and forward-thinking approach.


As Heavy AmericA carves their indelible mark on rock 'n' roll, "Pretender" emerges not merely as a song, but as a roaring declaration of the band's raw talent and bold vision. In a landscape starved of authentic rock anthems, "Pretender" stands as a resounding battle cry, reaffirming the undying vigor of rock 'n' roll that pulsates fiercely within the soul of Heavy AmericA. This isn't just music; it's a revival, a rally to the timeless spirit of rock that refuses to be silenced.


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