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Haemic / Press

“I found out about the new track from multi-talented musician Ray Heberer (the man behind Haemic and many other projects), who composed the demented little ditty used in the song’s first 35 seconds. Actually, it’s not just the first 35 seconds that are demented — the whole songs is nuts.”

“Prog-y Blackened Death Metal… or something… by a guitarist/multi-instrumentalist from Taiwan with a vocalist. It’s a shred-metal record at its core; but the black metal vocals, the intense drums, the keyboards, the electronica sprinkled here and there, and the odd mix, make the album a compelling experience.”

“You can feel something's special about this release right from its first seconds of playing. Haemic seems to be an international project lead by Taiwanese guitarist Ray Heberer, and this is his way of displaying his technical abilities. Although it doesn't feel like a real band at all, and it doesn't sound like one, Haemic is a fantastic collage of superb technical skills.”

“Tracks like AWAKEN THE COLOSSUS and A MACHINE SELF AWARE show some very strong songwriting from this band, who interestingly enough have never met each other in person due to HAEMIC being an online collaboration of sorts. The Symphonic elements aren’t as prevalent as most releases in this style which once again contributes to the rawness here. It’s an interesting sound and in an odd sense the tight budget production is actually one of the albums strongest points. Check it out if you like your Black Metal dirty and risky.”

“Prodigious 17 year-old Ray Heberer IV unleashes an ambitiously massive modern metal production on his band Haemic’s debut album Fields Of Sanguine. The 10-track endeavor from the Taiwanese teen showcases a highly skilled multi-instrumentalist’s manipulations of black metal malaise and progressive metal serenity via keyboards, guitars, and bass, offering exhibitions of Heberer’s skull crushing symphonic metal sense with a strong blend of keen musicianship and seething anger at the base of the attack.”

“The finished product is pretty decent and it is amazing that they have never met each other as they all seem on the same wavelength, and this is an epic of an album clocking in at over an hour in length, value for money or what!! It is well played, the guitar work by Ray is of a very good quality indeed, with good raspy vocals as I have mentioned and the programming skills of Adam it all works very well.”

“Ray Heberer has been a regular feature on this blog. The now 17-year-old prodigy is attending the Taipei American School. As well as studying at a prestigious school and working on numerous music projects (Haemic and Bloodred Fullmoon and Reclusive Forest Council – and those are only his metal projects), he’s also writing and publishing a book one chapter at a time and dabbles in too many other interesting things to name. Aside from all that, Ray’s a fascinating guy with a lot to say – so enjoy the interview below and feel free to ask him more questions and shout out in the comments.”

“If you like the whole symphonic black metal motif, just understand that Haemic is a band that does it better than most in practice. It may not sound as pristine as Dimmu Borgir, but in terms of technical musicianship, a band like that can’t hold a candle to Haemic. “Fields of sanguine” is obviously the result of many years of dedication and hard work both in learning and perfecting their musicianship and in writing and producing such a unique musical odyssey. Check it out.”

“Fields of Sanguine is a pretty difficult nut to crack, as it combines a slew of different metal genres into one, big, mind-fucking pot of sonic madness. At its core, the music is decidedly symphonic black metal, kind of in the vein of early Emperor and Limbonic Art, as the copious amounts of tremolo-picking, melodic leads and orchestral synth work would indicate. Other songs, though, seem to veer towards a more technical death metal approach, with intricate riffing, lots of sweep-picking and blast beats, while also introducing plenty of progressive and neoclassical guitar fiddling. Most of the guitar work, in fact, is pretty damn impressive. Despite his age, Ray Heberer certainly knows his way around a guitar and is perfectly capable of melting faces with his frantic shredding.”

“Ray Heberer's guitar playing is among the most focused and precise I've ever heard from a sixteen year old; sweeps, carefully thought out alternate picking, and intricate melodies flow across the duration of the album, but his skillful shredding often clashes with the fakeness of the drum machine. Sadly, there is little one can do to battle the artificial sound bar getting a real drummer, but if Haemic were to add a skin basher to the ranks, their music would have the potential to break out of the underground and into the greater metal mainstream. 90% of the right ingredients are found in the band's music for compositionally and instrumentally the band is golden, and the vocals add a vicious spice to the fire. They just need that little extra push to realize their full potential.”

“Anyway, yeah, it's difficult to define, which is good. It's bound to rise some eyebrows when 100% symphonic black metal people listen it, and these guys know how to mindfuck those kinds of people, because they manage to mindfuck me. And I have a pretty open mind when it comes to music. So, yes, this is one of those bands that kick ass in their wide variety of apparent experimentation. Now, what did I not mention about this? I honestly am starting to feel that I forgot something... some important aspect was left without the praise it'd deserve. Oh well. You've had this coming, 97/100. Room for improvement, but it's very darn close to being perfect. And keep in mind that this is a debut... now think about what these guys are bound to accomplish in the future. Shivers in the spine, anyone?”

“In particular, guitarist Ray displays his versatility, with melodies that he pulls out from his guitar ranging from pure cold, bleak black metal-influenced to neo-classical shredding style like on the lead guitars on A Machine Self Aware, making listening to Fields of Sanguine full of surprises, and there are even moments where one is reminded of a rawer version of such bands as fellow countrymen Anthelion and their melodic/symphonic material on Bloodshed Rebefallen. The alternating of different vocal styles of Mitchell also suits the moods of the various tracks, and in particular songs like Awaken the Colossus see him using clean and low-pitched vocals that help to reinforce that haunting mood in the music. Exhaust even has some slight industrial influences through the programming of the drums and the effects used on the track, throwing in an unexpected curve ball at the listener.”

“Fans of heavily symphonic death metal like Fleshgod Apocalypse will appreciate it’s fusion of neo-classism, raw, primal black metal and progressive death metal. Adam has a talent for taking inspiration from non-metal styles and his keyboards add a unique flavour. Ray’s lead guitar is, as always, faultless. Songs that stand out for me are “Exhaust” – probably because it just sounds impossibly heavy – and “Cold Within” which demonstrates one of Adam’s interesting keyboard compositions. ”

“ Talent and incredible expertise from a young person should give the metal world cause of concern, and will give other metal bands a much needed kick up the backside to start working harder. For it won't be too long until Haemic gets the recognition it deserves - and only time will improve what is already being offered.”

“At the end of the day, - and, at the very beginning of the next one - this particular album with this particular mix has legit potential and strong ideas, and it also reigns in the proud need of being re-mastered pretty much from scratch, in my opinion. This is not to say that the album is not a full-value declaration. It IS, but more so as a legendary subculture-demo tape, than as a finished and - even mildly - polished final product. The contribution comes to you with a set of multi-tracks variants, which means you will have instrumental versions of 6 tracks from the total of 10 tracks that constitute the album. A solid output in the dire need of more - MUCH. more - sonic separation in its soulcontent, and, in the need to lose half of its intent to kill, because the remaining will be enough to erase the Sun, as a start.”

“Attempting to classify the music is a task fraught with difficulty, because it’s a fusion of styles. Some of the songs have the ring of bombastic, bounding, symphonic black metal. Other songs blast and chug like a cross-breeding of technically oriented death metal and classical music (Fleshgod Apocalypse will come to mind). In other songs (e.g., “A Machine of Self Aware”), Ray breaks out into progressive and even experimental guitar flourishes or swirling leads that light up an intricately featured musical landscape.”

““Winter Solstice” was a massively pleasant surprise of impressive performances and strong writing. If only the production properly handedly what BLOODRED FULLMOON is able to accomplish with their playing and writing, this would be one of the biggest surprise releases of the year. As is though, this is an impressive EP and one that has sold a new fan in this reviewer.”

“Ray Heberer is a 16 year old musician from Taiwan, who just released his first EP “Winter Solstice," under the project name “Bloodred Fullmoon.” Ray’s also working on multiple projects with styles ranging from melodic Black Metal to Prog and Doom Metal. The 24 minute “Winter Solstice” is full of aggressive riffs and growls that show great potential for a first EP. Ray’s composing is solid and shows experience and musical background, as the only thing lacking on this EP is quality production. Here’s an interview with Ray that’ll give you more insight on his background and current musical activities. ”

“Ray, who is all of 16 years old, is one of those rare people, regardless of a age, of such uncommon talent that actually has the unmitigated drive to match. He currently has at least five bands on the go, and he handles the entirety of the writing and arrangements for all of them. If this is where he is at 16, just imagine where he’ll be at 20, 25, 30, if he chooses to continue with his music. And why wouldn’t he? The only other parallels in terms of early success and execution that come to mind in extreme metal are Matt Harvey, who started Exhumed when he was also 15, and Polish death metal force Decapitated, which was begun when the members were also just into their mid-teens. The only difference is that, while those musicians were focused on a single act, Ray is already wearing multiple hats in his compositions, and working on several releases simultaneously.”

“When a unique array of musical projects spew forth from the mind of any man or women, words like “genius” and “savant” tend to get bandied around. But when the creator of such a varied and intelligent output is only 16 years old, attending a demanding school and has only been playing the guitar and bass for a couple of years, I think we can conclude someone got more than their fair share of the talent pool. Do you have any idea how CRAP I sounded after playing guitar for over a year? The only song I could play was “Demon of the Fall”, and it was out of time. There’s no way many people who’ve been playing for 10 years could conceive metal this sophisticated – music that lingers in the mind. Ray Heberer is a metal musician to watch.”

“The EP in question is called Winter Solstice and contains five songs in total. I’ve listened to them for a bit and have to say that – completely in line with the expectations that we have grown based on Ray’s previous efforts – it’s absolutely original, with unorthodox use of guitars, sweetening atmospheric keys and plenty of variation. You should now click yourself to the group’s Bandcamp page and listen the full thing out. Download it for free if you want. And most importantly, spread the fuckin’ word!”

“At the top of the list of songs worth having is the one from Reclusive Forest Council, “Romanticized Reality”. It’s an instrumental track that’s full-to-bursting with stylistic variety — pneumatic power chords, epic keyboard ambience, guitar solos that move from soulful to shred in the blink of an eye, a jazzy Mellotron-ish outro, and more. It’s almost like a medley of the different kinds of music that Ray has been exploring, and it showcases some of what he’s capable of doing. Good stuff that stands up to repeat listening.”

“It’s no different with Reclusive Forest Council’s song on the album, titled Romanticized Reality. It’s Djenty and might progressive, with ambient keys building a massive atmosphere. It’s also completely instrumental and we’ve included it below for your convenience and enjoyment. I urge you to listen to the full thing! The G Force – Stick it to the Man can be downloaded from the Clean State Bandcamp page, which is found here. You can stream the full thing for free there, or buy a digital copy for 6.99 Aussie bucks. Support independent and upcoming bands!”

“Those of us that have been around for a while realize this keeps us doing what we do; a 16 year old understanding this and spreading the message shows the true character of this young man. Being so taken with the heart of this young man it’s easy to forget about his music; until you hear it that is. Once you hear his solo melodic symphonic project RECLUSIVE FOREST COUNCIL you will understand Ray’s talent and likely never forget it.”

“The lyrics are completely and utterly mindbending. My mental knuckles are white as I hang on each and every line. Well, I think this is quite long enough for a demo review/interview. Good luck on getting a drummer, getting that shit recorded, and releasing some blood-related metal beatings. Any last words of wisdom that a youngun such as yourself can offer the musty DM/BM OG’s ov GD?”

“And to top it off, Ray is good. How good? Well, you’re about to find out. We’re going to play you some of Ray’s music, including a medley of melodies from the forthcoming Dreams of Winter album that Ray created just for NCS. We predict the time will come when you’ll be proud to tell people, “Hey, I heard that dude’s music on NCS when he was only 15!””

“Arch Nemesis is the first of the three tracks and it features an atmosphere that’s like Black Metal, but instead of reminding me of Hell, Satan and scary hairy balls, it reminds me of the universe, shooting stars, black holes and that sort of thing. There are also bits that give me atmospheres of the orient and other bits that remind me of ancient slapstick movies for some reason. A completely fucked up pallet of images, which I’m sure has a lot to do with my more than moderately mental brain-porridge. However, there’s no denying the hallucinating nature of the music!”