Heavy Manic Souls : Hard Blues in the air !

Publié par , le 24 décembre 2011

Grande découverte aujourd’hui avec le groupe Heavy Manic Souls, mélange exquis de blues, de rock
et de hard rock ! Composé d’un guitariste : Chris Francheteau influencé par le blues, Jimi Hendrix
mais aussi par Motörhead ; un batteur : Rod Chaillou ayant des influences similaires avec une touche
de jazz en plus ; un bassiste : Eric Robin polyvalent entre rock et jazz et un chanteur : Eric Dufour très
branché Heavy Metal mais aussi fan de country, Heavy Manic Souls se distingue de ses influences
très variées.

L’album reflète d’ailleurs bien ces différentes influences du groupe et surfe entre le rock, le blues et
le hard rock avec quelques touches plus psychédéliques !

Le premier titre nous mets directement dans l’ambiance, intitulé Juggernaut (Fury Road), cette
chanson qui est aussi le premier single du groupe sonne très hard rock avec une influence
perceptible de groupes comme Van Halen, Deep Purple mais également avec des passages plus funky
et blues nous faisant immanquablement songer au grand Jimi Hendrix ! Le chant ressemble à s’y
méprendre à celui de Sammy Hagar (ex chanteur de Van Halen) ce qui nous fait directement penser
à son dernier projet : Chickenfoot, mélange également de hard rock et de blues et dont Heavy Manic
Souls se rapproche fort ! Le tout formé par les instruments est très homogène et nous donne une
très bonne chanson ponctuée par un solo de guitare que Joe Satriani lui-même ne renierait pas ! A
n’en point douter le meilleur titre de l’album !

En poursuivant l’écoute on se rend vraiment compte de toute la diversité du groupe ! Si la chanson
The Lone Star State Song nous fait plus penser à Eric Clapton ; Cigarette nous emmène plus dans un
univers psychedelic grunge toujours avec cette voix très juste et s’accordant parfaitement avec les
instruments ! Le titre Escape from Earth nous offre par contre plus des sonorités similaires au groupe
légendaire The Yardbirds mais avec un son plus moderne et plus rock. Le groupe explore un thème
plus psychédélique avec Down in the Rain, titre seulement instrumental et aux influences blues plus
prononcées. Le titre Badass Motherfucker nous emmène par contre plus vers un mélange entre
The Clash et Van Halen avec même quelques envolées vocales à la Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin), une
sorte de Punk Blues qui n’est pas pour nous déplaire ! Et comment ne pas parler de Led Zeppelin en
écoutant Rollerball ! Chanson dans le pur style hard rock des années ’70 !

Si Uncle Pirate Blues nous offre un passage de pur blues l’album termine en force avec Heavy Foot,
Cool Hand et sa rythmique de basse très présente !

Un très bon album donc à conseiller, à écouter et à réécouter. Si vous n’êtes pas encore convaincu
allez jeter un coup d’œil sur leur myspace : http://www.myspace.com/heavymanicsouls.

Avis donc aux amateurs de blues, rock et hard rock et avant d’avoir des idées préconçues, remember
Jimi Hendrix : « La connaissance parle, mais la sagesse écoute ».

Olivier EGGERMONT

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