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Review By Tony Cannella

The Melodic Progressive metal band from France, Heonia has previously released a 4-song EP titled “Simulacra”. That EP offered a taste of what this band is capable of. Those aspirations have now been realized with the release of their full-length debut “Winsome Scar”. Thankfully on “Winsome Scar”, Heonia continues to incorporate strong doses of melody and changing tempos. Of course the cool vocals of Marieke are at the fore but keyboardist Damien also chimes in from time-to-time with his grunt vocals. The music on “Winsome Scar” is also complex with a bit of symphonic influences present felt as well. “The Chase” sets things off and running with an atmospheric, symphonic vibe before the tempo slowly builds into a fast pasted opening number. “Requiem for the Night” follows that up with a brief intro before the tempo once again picks up and this evolves into one of the heaviest numbers on “Winsome Scar” before changing tempo several times and giving it an epic feel. Other highlights include: “Desire”, “Fears”, “Mirror of Life” and the album closer “Loneliness”. “Broken Toys” is my favorite track.  The song changes tempos several times and is a very dramatic sounding song; “Broken Toys” is a perfect example of the strong material that Heonia has to offer. After the impressive 4-song EP “Simulacra” I was curious to see if Heonia could follow that up with an equally astounding full-length. Fortunately they have done just that. “Winsome Scar” is a job well done by this very talented French band.

Rating – 90/100

 

Tracklist

  1. The Chase
  2. Requiem for the Night
  3. Desire
  4. Fears
  5. A World Is Collapsing
  6. Broken Toys
  7. The Awakening
  8. Despair
  9. Mirror of Life
  10. To Die in Silence
  11. Loneliness

 

Line Up

  • Marieke – Vocals
  • Thomas – Guitar
  • Cédric – Rhythm Guitars
  • Damien – Keyboards & Grunts
  • Rudix – Drums

 

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