Heathe – On The Tombstones, The Symbols Engraved

Rating: 2.5/5
Distributor/Label: Wolves and Vibrancy Records
Released: 16th May 2019
Buy Album: https://wolvesandvibrancyrex.bigcartel.com/product/heathe-on-the-tombstones-the-symbols-engraved-12?fbclid=IwAR1y5bXd702h-s12Lw80JuNPAOQd6_89B_4KJbp9pJv5op4b1loA5Qj5K5E
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/heathedeath


Band Line-up:

Martin Pale
Simon Westmark
Andreas Westmark
Lars Dalsgaard
Bosse Bertelsen
Filip Dybjerg
Morten Kærup
Oskar Sørensen
Simon Mariegaard


1. Heathe – On the Tombstones 38:02


Heathe is a project that has originated in Aalborg, Denmark. At its core is a single person with a line-up that constantly changes. Its live setting hosts a 7-12 piece orchestra. Heathe’s demo tape was released in 2016 on a local label, now their debut album “On The Tombstones, The Symbols Engraved” is to be unleashed.

The beginning of the one track album sounds as if it was recorded in a cave: eerie echoes consume you as a listener, with single shrieks and strums. There’s no real certainty of the direction that it’s really going to go in. Jumping from sense to dissonance, there isn’t a sense of settling. It isn’t until that third minute that the jigsaw pieces start to gradually fit together. Even still it feels like the drive jumps from a run back to a walk.

It’s quite compelling really, to feel how momentum in sound can still drag you along for the ride no matter the tempo. However, for the sake of transparency, I was wondering when things would really get moving by minute seven. It did start to have a bit more guitar movement using a really nicely sinister phrase.

Minute ten: still a whole lot of nothing going on. Each time you get to the end of the phrase you expect it to pick up and instead it slows back down again.

Minute 15: The drums are starting to pick up I think? Yes, it is! It’s still a snail’s pace but at least the drums are becoming part of the commitment to the piece.

All starts to go quiet for a moment. Finally some different chords! Rejoice! The robotic ‘everything exactly on the beat’ playing isn’t ideal but it’s an improvement after the last 20 minutes. I question what the concept behind this is because the going round in circles is something that I don’t think I could listen to all the way through more than once. I’d have to only listen in chunks to not go entirely mad. Just as a tip, this is definitely not music for when you have a hangover. Each change in style sounds great until you realise that it’s going to be more or less the same for the next five to ten minutes.

Personally, I just don’t feel like waiting 20 minutes for an album to really grab me.

Review By:

Megan Duce