The Heavy – Great Vengeance And Furious Fire

by Woody on July 2, 2008

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Lying around in my disgusting college apartment watching blaxploitation movies in a haze. Man, those were the days. We would watch Fred Williamson, Richard Roundtree and others lay waste to all sorts of dudes. Snappy wardrobes, great dialogue and some major league ass-kickings. In addition to the aforementioned qualities, these movies also introduced me to some great music, including Curtis Mayfield, Issac Hayes and James Brown. The British foursome, The Heavy, capture that early ’70s spirit like few others have.

“That Kind of Man” brings a heavy Curtis Mayfield sound, mixing horn samples into a furious beat that will undoubtedly have you subconsiously doing 90 down the interstate. Lead singer, Kevin Swaby, enhances the sound with his Mayfield-inspired falsetto delivery. I half-wanted to pop out of my car and lay a beating on someone, but upon further consideration, I realized that I’m a skinny, white, suburban dad of three that can’t grow a moustache and looks like shit in leather, unlike like Mr. Williamson.

“Girl” is fantastic in its simplicity. It’s half sexy, half hysterical as Swaby delivers an invitation to an unnamed love interest over a simple drum bass beat, inviting her in for a spot of tea…or weed. Lord only knows what happens to that young lady if and when Swaby gets her into his flat. I’m guessing they didn’t play a game of Parcheesi.

“That Kind Of Man” and “Colleen” are by far the two strongest tracks on the disc. There are a couple of slower tracks like “Doing Fine” that are solid, but Great Vengeance and Furious Fire is best when The Heavy release the hand brake and drop your ass with the big drum beats and powerful vocals.

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The Heavy – Colleen

The Heavy – Colleen (Live at WFUV)

The Heavy – That Kind of Man (Live at WFUV)

The Heavy “That Kind of Man” Live Video


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oz July 2, 2008 at 7:23 am

I was invited to see these guys at the Mezzanine in San Francisco for a Playboy Party. I think I stayed home and changed diapers that night instead.

Man, the 23 year old version of Oz would love to kick the ass of the 30 year old version.

Music July 2, 2008 at 6:51 pm


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