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Heavy Water Factory: Author of Pain

  1. Author of Pain
  2. Place of Torment
  3. The Second Death
  4. Control
  5. Delusions
  6. Control Pt. 2
  7. Connected
  8. Strange
  9. Waking Up in Darkness
  10. Revenge
  11. Open Fire
  12. Away
  13. The Individual
  14. Vampire
  15. Alone
  16. Better than Dead
  17. Gradual Agony
  18. Forgotten

Even though this album clocks in at over 77 minutes, words such as boredom or monotony are not ones you can associate with it. This second release by the Michigan band Heavy Water Factory has basically been trimmed down to a solo project (although the former member helps out on engineering and production for a couple of tracks), but the music does not lose anything in the process. The band still exhibits the ability to create both a restrained aggressive style as well as more mellow, ambient impressions --often within a single track, a strong feature they showed on their debut album. They also incorporate a few techno and synth-pop components, which helps in developing a stronger identity of their own on this album. The vocal duties are now shared between three people, which creates a nice contrast while listening to the album; you go from the subdued aggressiveness of Jesse's vocals, to the up-front and strong emotional sounds from Scott Hixson (from World of Hurt), to the sweet, almost other-worldly sensations from Maria Azavedo (from Battery). As with their last album, they include many instrumental tracks, which are presented in such a way that they fit in well with the overall moody atmosphere of the entire album. (Kevin Congdon)

Heavy Water Factory is: Jesse McClear

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New York, NY 10018


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