heaven in her arms is a Japanese band that combines the styles of screamo, hardcore, and post-rock—and most recently doom?—to produce an amalgam of sound that most certainly makes this band stand out from other outfits in the Japanese underground. If the Armageddon had a soundtrack, this band would be the equivalent of the seven trumpets; just listen to the second track, “Rusty Trace”, from Duplex-Coated Obstruction. One thing that seems to turn people off is Kent’s high-pitched screams. Don’t let it get to you though… Just stick with it and the vocals will eventually sink in and you’ll be able to appreciate what this group has to offer.
When I first listened to Erosion of the Black Speckle, the introduction track, “Manifesto”, began as a wall of distorted yet melodic sound that transitioned into spoken word with dissonant guitars and a heavily whopping one-note bassline+bass drum. Another way to describe “Manifesto” is that it sounds like a slowed down version of Sum 41‘s “Billy Spleen“. Yeah, I’m serious.
Once the opening track finished, it segued into “Filled Up With A Bruise”. This song almost made me stop listening to this band due to the aforementioned high-pitched screams. However, I forced myself to keep listening because the musical composition of this song was jawdropping—double bass drum bombardment with apocalyptic guitars. It continued to get better and better as the record progressed. In my opinion, if you end up liking Erosion of the Black Speckle you will probably end up liking the other albums like I did. It seems that with every release, heaven in her arms continues to refine its musical prowess—the albums definitely showcase it.
heaven in her arms’ latest release, Paraselene, will be released by Denovali Records on 2xLP/CD formats. So you HIHA fans better check that out by clicking the Denovali Records link below. I’ll probably be getting myself a copy when I have the money and (if) Denovali still has ’em in stock by then.
“Some people in the past have called the likeable Japanese guys in HEAVEN IN HER ARMS the younger brother of ENVY or a really good “rip-off” of ENVY’s masterpieces ”All The Footprints You’ve Ever Left…” and “A Dead Sinking Story”. Descriptions like “excellent Japanese screamo fused with ideas of progressive hardcore” and “massively bombastic emotional hardcore with extreme vocals” were established in the underground music scene as well.”
This was actually my first post on this blog, but I took it down because I wanted to ask for permission to provide people links to download this band’s music. So I sent an e-mail and Kent replied back three days later and this is—an unedited version of—what he said:
Hi thanks for mail.
About free download,We cannot say yes officially.
Because the label was paid a lot of money making our CDs you know?
They are not rich men,But They paid for that.It's not cheap.
We cannot say do that.Why we can say Let's do it!?
But We are not interst about download matter,We don't care.
Thanks for asking.You are good man.
kent/heaven in her arms
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