Story by Scotty J
Ask any musician or fan of Rock N Roll and Heavy Metal from the 20th Century, and they’ll tell you the music of today just isn’t the same. Some would go as far as to say that Rock is dead? Whether you believe that or not, a band out of Latvia called BLOODY HEELS would strongly disagree!
On July 10 2020, BLOODY HEELS releases their sophomore album “Ignite The Sky”. It’s impossible to listen to these incredible musicians and not feel whisked away to the 1980’s. One thing that is for certain is that if these guys had been around in the 1980’s, they’d be in the same conversation as many of the legendary and iconic bands we still revere to this day.
Scotty J & Vicky White Interview
Vicky White, who is the band’s singer, is absolutely incredible with his range. Guitarist Harry Rivers will flat out leave you in awe. One of the coolest things about this band is just how down to earth they are. There’s no ego. But, as great as their music is, they’d be justified if they displayed just a little bit of attitude. That said, enjoy the interview between Vicky White and Scotty J (featured below) and see what Scotty’s errant thoughts were on “Ignite The Sky”.
Errant thoughts by Scotty J on BLOODY HEELS’ “Ignite The Sky”
Ignite The Sky – Music videos featuring live action from the tour trail is always entertaining. The title track defines the adrenaline fueled classic 80’s heavy metal that dominates the theme of this album. These guys are a polished product deserving of massive mainstream media attention and commercial success.
Bloody Heels – “Ignite The Sky”
Criminal Masterminds – This is an excellent official music video! “How much did you enjoy getting drenched?” This was a funny story in the interview. Having listened to the entire album, this song is probably the most unique in its full band backing vocals. This is the one song where the bass is distinctive. It can’t be easy standing out with Harry shredding away.
No Matter – A few songs in and it’s impossible to think these guys weren’t born 30 years late. It’s not that the music is outdated. On the contrary it’s much needed. But making money as a band today is a challenge. Back in the day these guys would have been superstars. Not even a maybe. They would have been.
Sugar Spice – I completely dig the guitar in this. Classic glam metal. I can’t help but compare this to a non-risqué version of something you might expect from Steel Panther today. Vicky has great vocals. Pretty impressive range.
Farewell to Yesterday – The 360 degree official music video is awesome. Bloody Heels brings a mix of current technology with a classic glam metal sound.
Bloody Heels – “Criminal Masterminds”
Black Swan – This guitarist is really something else. There’s something John Sykes about him. The raspiness of Vicky’s voice is perfectly balanced with his cleaner vocals. Harry Rivers solo is pretty sweet! He’s a special talent.
Stand Your Ground – Half way through the sophomore album and I have yet to find a bad track. The drummer deserves some props with the rest of the guys. Harry just really impresses on the steel.
Thin Line – I’d have almost thought this was a lost Poison track. Tell me I’m wrong. I can’t get enough of Harry’s playing. Vicky can hit some seriously high notes.
Silhouette – I’m starting to think Vicky may be Jani Lane’s long lost son from Warrant. This slower paced love song of sorts is a nice fit on this album. Again Harry proves some impressive guitar chops.
Healing Waters – Any child of the 80’s has undoubtedly gotten nostalgic by now and is likely feeling as though they’ve slipped through a worm hole. The saxophone was most unexpected and mind blowing! It just perfectly slipped in there.
Bloody Heels – “Farewell To Yesterday”
Streets of Misery – What a way to wrap this album! These guys deserve a ton of domestic air play and all the attention that goes with it! I can totally see these guys firing up a live crowd. If the Def Leppard, Mötley Crüe, Poison tour does happen, Bloody Heels should definitely be openers!
Stream the singles and pre-order/save the album HERE: https://orcd.co/ignitethesky
Vocals – Valts Berzins (Vicky White)
Guitars – Haralds Avotins (Harry Rivers)
Bass – Gunars Narbuts (Gunn Everett)
Drums – Gustavs Vanags (Gus Hawk)
Cello on track ‘Silhouette’ – Erna Daugaviete
Saxophone on track ‘Healing Waters’ – Dagnis Rozins