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Patent Pending

(Alkaline Trio)

Epitaph 86828

Released on September 12, 2006


Fans of Matt Skiba's other band, Alkaline Trio, are already spreading the word about Heavens. Mining that rich, dark vein of 1980's songwriting that's suddenly back on the radio with a vengeance, this debut allows Skiba to explore a different side of his songwriting, calling upon the influence of the Sisters Of Mercy rather than the Ramones or Misfits as with Alkaline Trio. His lyrics are as beautiful as they are eerie, his vocal melodies at once darkly hypnotic and intensely catchy, while collaborator Josiah Steinbrick builds great minimalist guitar parts in the tradition of Wire and New Order. Producer Ben Lovett adds ambient backdrops and lush string arrangements, making the whole a beautiful decaying masterpiece, catchy enough to bring Alkaline Trio's legions along for the ride, darkly angular enough to intrigue fans of Interpol.

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Average Customer Rating: 3.5 with 11 reviews (See Below)
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Nicke from Bolingbrook, IL 
Dec 5 2007 Rating: 3/5 Stars

Imagine mixing The Alkaline Trio with Blacq Audio and youll get this. It really does sound like a minimalist synth The Alkaline Trio CD. Its not terrible but nothing stands out on the CD and really grabs your attention...It just seems to drone on. Theres better music in this style such as The Faint-the first The Bravery CD-the first The Killers CD and She Wants Revenge. If youre a The Alkaline Trio fan then you definately need to pick this up...Otherwise Id pass

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Ian from Lloydminster, AB Canada 
Oct 16 2007 Rating: 4/5 Stars

If you like Joy Division with a little more electronica this is for surely something worth hearing. Matt Skiba throws some sonic curveball with some fine story telling lyrics to go with it.

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Matt from Pittsburgh, PA 
Feb 12 2007 Rating: 4/5 Stars

Is this record great? Probably not. Is this record good? Possibly not. Objectively, I don't think Heavens is really that great, and if you aren't into super-dramatic music mixed with overwrought, halloween lyrics you probably won't like it. The music is really cool, and Skiba has a good voice, but a lot of people would probably walk away from this one with the word "cheesy" in mind. I, however, love it.

Anyone who listened to Skiba's old acoustic split CD with Kevin Seconds and loved it knows where I'm coming from. Sure his lyrics may be somewhat corny, but there just seems to be a certain charm to them that gets me to love them anyway.

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Anthony from Apo, AE 
Jan 17 2007 Rating: 5/5 Stars

Joy Division + Alkaline Trio. and thats about the jist of what you will hear from Heavens.Definatly one of my favorit CD's 0f 2006

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Justin from Shippensburg, PA 
Jan 5 2007 Rating: 2/5 Stars

Unfortunately if you were expecting this to be like alkaline trio like I was you'll be disappointed. It's a lot less cool then a3. The lyrics are nowhere near as good and the music is pussy compared to it. Just not what i thought it was gonna be

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Miles from Chicago, IL 
Nov 2 2006 Rating: 4/5 Stars

I really like the music on this album. I can't say the same for the lyrics/vocals. I've grown tired of Skiba's death, blood, knives lyrics bullshit. It just sounds so forced and stupid. He is capable of so much better which makes this release disappointing in that department. But like I said, the music is good. I like the darker, slower, Interpol type sound that it has. The songs have a good variety of pace and mood.

Overall its alright for a sideproject. Hopefully Skiba will get the shitty lyrics out of his system and bring his A game for the next Trio album. You can do it Matt! Come on!

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Lauren from Henderson, NV 
Oct 19 2006 Rating: 2/5 Stars

I don't know about this album...there are a couple alright songs but mostly it's just monotone, boring, and dull. Not really too catchy or fun to listen too. It doesn't hold my attention and kinda brings me down. But, if that's the kind of stuff you're into, this would be the album for you.

It does show Matt Skiba's ability to create music completely different than the Trio.

So again, this isn't terrible or a knock on Skiba or Steinbrick, it's just not my type of thing.

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Thomas from South Kearny, NJ 
Oct 17 2006 Rating: 4/5 Stars

Brings to mind an old band/project "My Dad is Dead" that was on Homestead Records. Serene and haunting... it will only take one full listen and these songs will be stuck in your head. Good moody and mellow music (to keep you content until the next ATrio release).

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David from Apo Ae,  
Oct 4 2006 Rating: 4/5 Stars

This Cd is good if your looking for something new, its very retro and reminds me of David Bowie..... its Alkaline Trio from the future but got stuck in the eighties and tried fitting in.

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Brandon from Gainesville, TX 
Sep 25 2006 Rating: 3/5 Stars

some songs are decent...a few are catchy and alot just get dull

i love the music but skibas vocals are a bit too monotone all in all and just havent gotten into it that much

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