HexHeart Debut Album A Tribute to Retro Darkwave
HexHeart: Midnight on a Moonless Night Opens New Sound Platform for Frontman Jasyn Bangert.
Jasyn Bangert, vocalist, composer has a distinguished achievement with his work on God Module. Bangert not only served vocals, but also operated programming, and lyrics. God Module erupted on the Industrial music scene with the self-released album Artificial back in 1999. Bangert and company later signed with major genre themed distributor Metropolis Records. God Module released seven albums and five single EPs during its eighteen-year course. Members included:
Byron C. Miller
God Module’s hard multi-layered synths and aggressive sounds stand distinguished in the genre. Female vocal accommodated to several tracks become harmonies fused with an electronic laced onslaught. Still so Strange, Reverse Inversion and Rituals are particular favorites by this author.
Prophecy is the most recent God Module album, and it released in 2015.
Musicians embark on side projects after side projects, a standard practice in the EBM/Industrial scene. The audio landscape in this underground music genre is open for many degrees of inventive perception. These artistic developments helped pave the genre’s progression.
This leads to the topic of this article; Jasyn Bangert’s new venture HexHeart.
HexHeart is the most recent endeavor for Jasyn Bangert. He is joined by God Module alumni, Andrew Pearson with guitarist Patric Hogan rounding out the trio. Their album HexHeart: Midnight on a Moonless Night features ten (10) original tracks each laced with a retro darkwave aesthetic with a modernized attraction. See below for the track list:
1 A Thousand Times
3. Stars In Your Eyes
5. Second Sight
6. Problem And Bigger Ones
9. Never Understand
HexHeart’s debut album offers a range of audio compositions that pay homage to classic darkwave-inspired sounds. The compilation also reflects modern techniques with many falling into the God Module’s more passive melodic style. Parallels between the two projects are few and far between. HexHeart possesses an individual existence and interpretation. Presented below is an analysis of the leading four tracks followed by songs that stood out for this journalist.
1. A Thousand Times
Bangert’s vocals are recognizable with the opening track. Absent is the complex processing that completes his lyrical eloquence. HexHeart steers into different sonic concepts yet influences from God Module remain apparent on A Thousand Times. Laced within are the traditional thick bass lines and synth accompaniments found in Bangert’s earlier, less aggressive arrangements.
With an estimate of 132 BPM, the musical expression is a suitable opener with its dance-oriented concept. Listening with keen ears one can reach the injected layer of retro inspired rhythms. While not as dominate as the tracks that follow A Thousand Times has a distinct cadence while attached to a rooted vibe.
The second track increases in crescendo with accentuated synth bass rhythms. The pattern produces the all too familiar soundscape heard within the genre of underground electronic music. This technique is most desirable for listeners that respond to the dance-floor four on the floor arrangement. Clever DJ’s will not have difficulty beat matching the unfolding sequence for Nothing. Bangert’s vocals are hypnotic as he delivers his melodious stanzas. Hogans’ guitar accompaniment contributes to and vitalizes a retro darkwave aesthetic. The riffs transport the listener to a bygone era of the genre. The latter become reserved for audiences young enough to conjure up this nostalgic music technique. Nothing scales in about 126 BPM.
3. Stars In Your Eyes
A synthetic approach continues into the third track. Once again Hogan’s guitars are influential in providing a nostalgic feel. Stars In Your Eyes has an estimated 110 BPM giving a relaxed yet danceable characteristic. The track has a fusion of both classic and modernized electronic beat structures. The percussion is edgier in comparison to the first two songs. Yet, Stars In Your Eyes does not fall into an aggressive style arena. Bangert’s lyrics provide a sense of melancholy with each verse explaining sentiments of a broken heart.
A retro-influenced atmosphere establishes personality with the track titled, Falling. Lush guitar riffs open the song and later becomes a key instrument within the five-minute running time. Falling becomes a testament reminiscent of Goth driven bands from the eighties. Its awkward to suggest a measure between HexHeart with other bands or music compositions. Yet, for explanatory views, Falling in an instant, conjures The Cure’s Lullaby to mind. These ballads are opposites. With that stated Falling encapsulates the retro darkwave soundscapes with success. The aggregation of percussions, wind-like samples, and lead synth establish an outstanding tribute to the past. Falling offers an estimated 95 BPM.
Falling, Lunatix, Hollywood, and Faces will develop into dance-floor favorites. Each of these tracks shines with its distinct vintage feel. These compositions have their own specific direction to elaborate dark romanticism and reverie. The decision centers on the aural tonality each song offers. Having a robust connection with Goth, Darkwave and related designated music categorizations it was easy to associate with each of the songs listed here.
HexHeart should win commendation for establishing the new generations of listeners with soundscapes that at helped define the genre. Banger, Pearson, and Hogan also revitalized reminiscence for those acquainted with past eras.