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The Heavils are not an average band by any stretch of the imagination, as this Illinois based quartet use a strange array of homemade guitars to create its buzzsaw sound. On the outfit's self produced eponymous debut, these instruments, made out of anything from wood to PVC pipe fittings, are the anchor of the band's unique sound, which ranges from left of center groove rock a la The Melvins to straight up metal like Propain. The 15 tracks that comprise the disc are grating, dissonant rockers that share commonalities with bands like Tool and Primus, yet render its very own classification thanks to the strange guitar noises heard throughout. With an ingenuitive inclination fueling the band's undeniable hard rock soul, The Heavils make for quite the interesting listen.
- Mike SOS