Heavenwood - Diva review
|Release date:||August 1996|
01. Frozen Images
02. Emotional Wound
03. Flames Of Vanity
04. Since The First Smile
05. Tears Of Grief
06. Moonlight Girl
07. Judith Heavenwood
08. Weeping Heart
09. Frithiof's Saga
11. Frozen Images [remix version] [Japanese bonus]
For a long time I've wanted to review this album and now taking the chance that Heavenwood is back in force I come here to present you Diva, the first album of the first Portuguese band to play at Wacken.
Back in 1995 Heavenwood was known as Disgorged and played death metal. They changed their name and music style after the tragic suicide of their bassist (Rui Santos, still remembered by those who knew him, may you rest in peace). And then Diva was born, an album in which every single song was made with their hearts, combining a full dose of inspiration, creativity with natural talent. Diva is melodic and strong, the guitar riffs are amazingly very well balanced between catchy and technical, perfectly tuned with the keyboards. The drums are always well placed, the lyrics are still one of the best that I've read. If you fall in love with the music the lyrics will take you even higher.
The album starts with the gem "Frozen Images" where Ricardo on clean vocals lead the song almost to make an entrance to the gutturals of Ernesto that are so heavy and deep that can make you a chill in the hottest day of the year. The passage from "Frozen Images" to "Emotional Wound" is delightful and makes way for the continuation of the story. In every song you will find outstanding guitar riffs and powerful melodies all together with flawless drums, and in "Tears Of Grief" an extraordinary combination of Ricardo's and Ernesto's vocals.
My desire is to review every single song of this album because all of them are special but that will be too extensive and in the way it could lose some objectivity so I'll leave the rest for you to discover, just know that there are absolutely no bad songs in this work.
Diva is dramatic, melancholic and beautiful. A timeless piece of Art.
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