forthcoming EP release from Newcastle, England hard rock act The Heavy Jets,
and represents a departure from the typical dependency by some modern bands on
computer-based electronics. Instead, The Heavy Jets look to iconic artists of
yesteryear for inspiration such as Thin Lizzy, The Who, as well as current
throwbacks like Band of Skulls.While relatively brief time-wise, Common Mantra is definitely a release that offers quality over quantity in terms of its presentation.
Mantra delivers something pretty distinctive, which is fairly surprising when
you consider the retro influence on the band’s sound. Not only does the record avoid
being overly repetitive, but the songwriting is clearly well structured,
including sing-along chorus lines, mammoth riffs, and deceptively technical
lead guitar work which manages to stay within the confines of tastefulness
throughout, especially on the track “Don’t Tell me Why.”
Mantra is the wall of sound that is the guitars, the band also showcases a
knack for dynamics on the song “I’ve Been Away,” which rolls back the tempo a
little bit, to display more of a melodic side. The end result is a decent shift
in gears for the EP, and something that showcases the band’s ability to flip
the script from the standard fist-pumping hard rock featured on the rest of the
As a whole, Common Mantra delivers exactly as The Heavy Jets promise in their band bio: epic, catchy
choruses and larger than life guitar tone that carries the record impressively
throughout. Throw in the solid vocal work and earthshaking bass lines, and what
you get is a strong offering that will appeal to both fans of classic rock, and
the newer generation of hard rock bands.
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