ZT PREMIERE: Heavy Sentence – Cold Reins

ZT have partnered with Dying Victims Productions and Crypt of the Wizard to present a single from Heavy Sentence’s highly anticipated debut album, Bang To Rights, coming on CD and cassette (DVP) as well as vinyl LP (CotW) formats.

One of the hottest propositions in the UK’s resurgent traditional metal scene, Heavy Sentence have kept the emphasis on quality over quantity since their formation in the mid-2010s. Just like the early days of the NWOBHM, Heavy Sentence made their recorded debut with a two-song 7” in 2017, followed a year later by another two-song 7”. Both graced with stark, gritty, but endearingly basement-level cover art, these two singles evinced an ageless verve and vivacity in stark contrast with the band’s meagre years. And yet, Heavy Sentence include among their ranks scene veterans who do or have done time in labelmates Aggressive Perfector, Wode, Exxxekutioner, Sump, and Wóddréa Mylenstede among others, so perhaps that inherent wisdom should be no surprise….

At last, it arrives bearing the call-to-arms title Bang To Rights. Tight and taut at 10 songs in 37 minutes, Heavy Sentence’s debut album is a well-oiled machine of heavy metal anthems destined for classic status. Bang To Rights is everything Heavy Sentence have been since the very beginning: deceptively energetic mid-tempo heavy metal roughened up by the spectre of punk.

Of course, Motörhead’s glorious works of the 1980s loom large here – from Iron Fist to Rock ‘n’ Roll, and even Another Perfect Day – but it’s Heavy Sentence’s attitude and charisma which triumph over all. Bang to Rights is influenced by early ‘80s Thin Lizzy as equally as prime Saxon, continuing the lineal dots connecting Heavy Load, Omen, Lord Weird Slough Feg, and October 31 into the metalpunk revolution fostered by Midnight. In short, timeless, eternal and fucking unyielding.

A HEAVY SENTENCE is coming your way… ‘Cos you are BANG TO RIGHTS!


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