Band: HEIA
Country: Brazil
Title: Magnum Opus
Label: Diabolic / Ihells / Impaled / Nyarlathotep / Old Evil Spirit
Year: 2021
Style: Black Metal

Oh man, such a bold and demanding title for an album should mean something at least for its authors, in this case Brazilian Heia which shrunk to a one man formation with a drummer as guest for the studio work that happened in 2019 and 2020. And finally in 2021 this new (third) Heia album sees the light backed up by no less than 5 different labels, another hint that this album must be a total blast. But unfortunately the music itself on this album let down my expectations a bit... Heia offers an old-school primitive Black Metal fit for fans of the genre, but with some weird passages and inserts that I have to honestly say I don't understand at all: like the very simplistic, childish almost, guitar work and rhythms on the second track which lead my mind to a beginner Grunge band rather than a Black Metal monster, or the repetitive and again very simplistic Heavy Thrash riffs on the third track (and not only) that actually made me skip it. When the rhythms go into a full Black Metal blast or even mid-tempo somehow atmospheric Black Metal, Heia is what it is supposed to be, and sounds good, convincing, but again those passages and their unnecessary repetition make me think they were added in just to add up the minutes for the album. Most of the time the album is enjoying, obscure and hateful sounding, with an evil attitude that you'd expect from it, but unfortunately that's not enough to make it a recommendable album, especially for a title like this, sorry. I've played it for 4 or 5 times already and I'm not bored by it, so in conclusion I'd say you should try it out and maybe just do like I did and skip the parts you don't like, there's enough to enjoy for the rest.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 6/10