"The Heavils" (Metal Blade; 2003)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

The Heavils are a unique band, no matter how you look at it. This Illinois-based quartets use a strange array of homemade guitars to create its buzzsaw sound. On the outfit's self-produced, eponymous debut, these instruments - made with anything from wood to PVC pipe fittings - are the anchor of the band's one-of-a-kind sound, which ranges from left-of-center groove rock (a la The Melvins) to straight up metal like Pro-Pain. 

The fifteen tracks that comprise the disc are grating, dissonant rockers that share commonalities with bands like Tool and Primus, yet render their very own classification thanks to the strange guitar noises heard throughout. With an inventive ingenuity fueling the band's undeniable hard rock soul, The Heavils make for quite an interesting listen. 

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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