HeKz’s fourth album ‘TERRA NOVA’ will see lead singer and bassist Matt Young joined by a new line up of international talent and a guest appearance by keyboard maestro Adam Holzman (Miles Davis/Steven Wilson).
Young is enthusiastic about the new line up, which serves the nature of the band and its future:
“HeKz has always been a musical chimera, fusing elements of heavy metal, hard rock and progressive music, the new line up reflects that perfectly – we’ve got a prog guy, a metal guy and a rock guy. On paper, that’s an odd mix but the chemistry is undeniable. This album is the next logical step in the band’s evolution.”
‘TERRA NOVA’ will see Mark Bogert (Knight Area / Magoria) on guitar, Pieter Beemsterboer (ex-Black Rabbit) on keyboards and Moyano el Buffalo (5th Avenue Hamburg) on drums.
“Working with this new line up has already been so rewarding. The guys have so much talent, but also the taste to hold back when necessary. Everybody plays to serve the song, and when they get their moment, it’s quite extraordinary to behold!”
On how Adam Holzman came to be involved, Young explains:
“Adam is one of my keyboard heroes. His style, the sounds, everything – his playing comes from another universe. A mutual friend got a copy of our album ‘INVICTA’ to Adam. It turns out that he rather enjoyed it, so I reached out in the hopes that he would appear on a few of the new songs. We couldn’t believe it when he agreed! He’s already completed one of his performances for one of the longer pieces on the album and it is simply breath-taking.”
A concept piece, ‘TERRA NOVA’ was written over a two year period. The album weaves a tale of ambition, duality and the desperate fight to overcome the darkest parts of your personality in order to become the person you were born to be.
Matt Young dreams big and is not afraid of the future, that welcomes as an unique and thrilling adventure
“We’re making a double concept album in 4 different countries, working remotely and all during a pandemic. It’s completely mad but tremendously exciting. We’re proud to share this first taste of new music and can’t wait to take you on this journey with us.”
The first part of the album will be released as an EP in late 2021, with the full double album to follow in early 2022.
The first single will be released in Spring 2021.