Dark Heavens – Nuclear Eagle Song Review

Today we are featuring an alternative rock band, Dark Heavens, from California, the USA. We have reviewed their new single, NUCLEAR EAGLE, along with its character, style, story, potential, and more.

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 SlayerDave 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 182The OffspringAirbourne, 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 MetallicaSlayerBlack SabbathThe OffspringFoo 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. 

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The weak side of Dark Heavens is mostly about their online presence, as well as their determination as a band. As you can also remember that I am in this business for quite a long time, and simply my job is to evaluate projects by looking at their online presence at the same time. In this case, I couldn’t see anything significant by Dark Heavens, if you know what I mean. We live in 2021, where people change the world with something they came up with on Spotify, Youtube, Instagram, Twitter, Tik Tok, or Facebook. Can we say these Youtubers or Instagram models are more creative than the music artists or bands who write and perform their own music? I don’t think so.

I am afraid none of the independent bands make the effort that Metallica did back in the early 80s, and that’s the main problem in front of their way to success. Metallica released a new album every year after their debut, Kill’Em All, wrote those songs while touring and playing live, and repeated this circle for about six-seven years. Do you think anyone could have possibly stopped Metallica from becoming the greatest metal band in history?

Technically, Nuclear Eagle has satisfying standards to me. The song doesn’t have a world-class production as a fact, yet it has a delicious punk rock sound with fantastic traditional vibes in it. This is more like choosing a character over modern mix techniques, which I think likewise with the band here. I immediately loved what I heard when I listened to Nuclear Eagle for the first time, and the technical side of the work (the sound of the album) played a big role. I am not sure who produced the album, but I can say that he has done a fantastic job by giving life to such music.

When I take all these into account, I’d like to say that I enjoyed listening to Dark Heavens. These Californian gentlemen have the necessary reasons to stay together and continue making music without hesitation. Nuclear Eagle is a fantastic comeback, which can be the beginning of something great in their professional careers.

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In conclusion, Metalhead Community Team congratulates DARK HEAVENS for their new single, NUCLEAR EAGLE and wishes them the very best in their future careers. Thank you for reading.

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