Dark Heavens is a dynamic alternative rock band I discovered two weeks ago with their new single, Nuclear Eagle, released on January 22, 2021. For those who haven’t heard of Dark Heavens before, the band has started their careers with an EP called Dark Heavens in 2011. Since then, Dark Heavens released three singles, Rock Ya Chewbakka (Remix) (feat. Dj G-Roy) (2014), Nuclear Eagle (2021), Blackout (2021), and one long-play album, Nuclear Eagle (2021). Now, please give the album a listen while reading the rest of the article.
Today, we are here with a young and super dynamic Californian trio, with rock and metal origins in their roots, currently going through a super exciting period in their lives, coming back with a promising brand new release after a long pause of seven years. Nuclear Eagle album is the beginning of the second period in Dark Heavens’ professional careers. Listening to Nuclear Eagle was the first time I heard about them, and I must admit that my first impression is quite positive. Let me go into the details for you below.
First of all, I immediately sensed that these Californian gentlemen have something special together. I got this feeling while watching the music videos, going through their social networks, band pictures, and reading a little bit about the band in general. We are all aware that this is special. In my book, having something special in your essence is one of the key things that separates great from good bands.
Undoubtedly, being in the business for around ten years while taking a break of seven, makes you an experienced band. I am sure they’ve had a lot of time to think about what they have done so far in their careers and what they want to do next, in this inactive period. I know from my experience that periods like these teach you, make you understand, and gives you the ability to define what you really want to do in terms of music style. Their musical origins have the necessary blend to be accepted by punk, rock, and even metal communities. After listening to Nuclear Eagle a few times on repeat, I can say that they have got a huge live performing potentials. It is meant to be played live; this is the primary purpose of this song, which immediately reminded me of Motorhead.
Additionally, they have some metal influences, especially on their drum partitions. I am not sure about how they feel about this, but I felt old school Slayer, Dave Lombardo‘s impact on his partitions. On the other hand, the overall feeling, energy flow, and structure of the song immediately took me back to the 90s punk rock scene, reminded me of bands like Blink 182, The Offspring, Airbourne, and Sum 41.
As you might also remember from some of the previous articles that I usually say, good music is all about a good blend. In our era, I believe all artists are expected to show character in their craft more than anything else. In this case, I am able to define Dark Heavens’ blend here in this particular song. Do they have the necessary foundations to become an important band someday? Yes, they surely do. As you can also see, they even have an idea about how their visuals should be (talking mostly about their music video visuals and style). Secondly, their vocalist has a unique approach, which plays a crucial role in their musical identity. You can find many bands playing punk rock or heavy rock with tons of energy and live performing focus in their music. However, the fact is that every single established band out there has a very characteristic vocalist who separates them from the rest of the world, such as Metallica, Slayer, Black Sabbath, The Offspring, Foo Fighters, and so on. And I believe this makes Dark Heavens a promising act, even though they still didn’t put out a work that can prove their ultimate potentials.
Secondly, they have a good connection between the video style and the song’s dynamics. The structure of the song is quite short, mostly focusing on the energy side of it rather than the musical. The overall energy flow is just fantastic; the song immediately catches your attention from the beginning and pulls you inside its exciting world.