Album Review: Hed (PE) – ‘Evolution’

Describing your genre as “rock, punk, Rasta, soul” and citing Buddha, Marley, Mother Earth and Father Sun as your influences, is a big statement, such bold claims raise the listener’s […]

Describing your genre as “rock, punk, Rasta, soul” and citing Buddha, Marley, Mother Earth and Father Sun as your influences, is a big statement, such bold claims raise the listener’s expectation and send them into a world of imaginative thoughts about what is to descend upon their ears.

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Hed PE (Planet Earth), and their new album ‘Evolution’, lives up to the band’s claims of not conforming to normal sounds and trends. ‘Evolution’ is not just a generic album title, but a description of the band’s attitude to evolve their sound and musical genres.

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Fusing their reggae influences with their heavier roots, Hed PE manage to serve a buffet of different styles in their music. Vocally, this isn’t a millions miles apart from the lower end screams of Benji Webbe of Skindred fusing a slighter Jamaican accent into the heavy vocals. Tracks like ‘No Turning Back’ and ‘No Tomorrow’ have a wealth of typical American riffery with a measure of nu-metal bounce. Nine songs into the album you’d imagine things would be coming to a close, but then there’s a bizarre jolt into three full on reggae songs. As standalone songs, ‘Nowhere2go’, ‘Let It Burn’ and ‘Hold On’ are perfectly good reggae/ska inspired songs but it doesn’t belong here, it feels like a separate EP or even a side project in context to the rest of the album.

‘Evolution’ is an enjoyable record, if not taken too seriously and in a light hearted manner. It’s no musical odyssey but something you’re unlikely to have heard before and worth checking out for enjoyment or its ludicrous audacity.

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