The Heart of Horror

The Heart of Horror

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The Heart of Horror are an exciting intimate experience, simply pop melodies that meet a melancholic Indie Rock. The 4 piece from Bochum Germany also features the cult rock act Blackmail's voice Mathias Reetz

Biography

“Into my own” is the second longplayer of THE HEART OF HORROR, released on Unter Schafen Records/Al!ve in april 2012. According to the notorious German Punkrocker Ingo Donot, this is “beautiful, melancholic Indie Rock, that spreads out these small everyday- feelings which every passionate daydreamer knows, sometimes laid back, sometimes pressuring straight forward. This happens with such a great taste, feeling, and love for the detail, that nobody shall speak of “only a sidepoject”. A really great album!”
THE HEART OF HORROR is founded 2006 starting out of the singer/songwriter project of Mathias Reetz, who in the meantime becomes singer and guitarist of the German Rock- institution blackmail. In the founding year, a first EP called “Feels like Falling” sees the light of day, exclusively distributed by the cult-mailorder Green Hell. Countless shows follow, but after having seen almost all clubs, bars and cafés from the inside, inspiring jam- sessions with new and old buddies lead to a transformation of the project’s outfit.
On the debut album from 2009 “You need a Coin”, the loose unplugged project becomes a stable and tight band-setup. The critically highly praised album allows the band from Bochum, now consisting also of Tim Ebert (dr), Florian Leise (bass) und Patrick Heidt (gtr), to play shows in Germany and Europe, also openings for artists such as Tom Morello, Keith Caputo, Brett Dennen, Charlotte Hatherley, Kettcar and School of Seven Bells.
“It became now clear that we definitely wanted to develop the sound of a full band”, so Mathias about the idea behind of the actual Longplayer “Into my Own”. The album has been recorded and produced by Dennis Scheider (Muff Potter, beat!beat!beat!) in Berlin and shows a band that dares to widen their sound-spectrum successively from an arrangement point of view as well as technically, without hiding the actual song. You can feel in the spacy and reverb-guitars of songs like “Easy” or “Divided” the melancholy of the Twilight Singers, but in “Going Nowhere” also poppy and at the same time thoughtful caresses, that may remind you of bands such as Death Cab for Cutie.
The emotional lyrics reach a special character thanks to their memorable and at the same time anything but banal structure, combined with a perfectly fitting instrumentation: honest are these songs, sad, as hopeful as lost and embedded into a warm, atmospheric and loving sound that catches the songs when they fall. The well-balanced mixture of experimental pop and contemplation are two of the major elements of the actual album, which shows a decisive step of a band that courageously releases from tendencies and trends.
Through “Into my Own” THE HEART OF HORROR found as a band, but even more important: to themselves.

Into my Own:
"Mitreissender, melodieverliebter Indierock, der sowohl in seinen lauten als auch
leisen Momenten voll überzeugt“ OX

"Persönliche Texte treffen auf einen Klang zwischen Death Cab For Cutie und den
Twilight Singers, mit weiten Räumen und vielen tollen Klangdetails" Guitar

"…mal sehnend raumgreifend, mal psychedelisch dunkel“ Visions

"gute Mischung aus experimentellem Pop und melancholischem Indie Rock" Filter

"unwiderstehlich... den Spaß und den Bock hört man dem Projekt an" Intro

You Need a Coin:
„Für Bright-Eyes-Kenner ebenso wie für die, die sich schon immer nach einer
Akustikplatte von Jawbreaker sehnten.“ VISIONS Magazin (über You Need a Coin)

„Großes Debütalbum!“ WDR 2

"You Need A Coin" ist ein bemerkenswert selbstsicheres Debüt geworden.“
www.gaesteliste.de

"You Need A Coin" als Simplifizierung, als Reduzierung auf das einfachste aller
Schlüsselmodelle. Einstecken, Öffnen, Wohlfühlen! So wie man es seit Jahren mit
Caputos Alben handhabt. You need a coin? You got a friend!“
www.popfrontal.de

„Hier sind Songs einfach Songs, größtenteils akustisch, und ja, herzerwärmend sind
sie auch.“ De:Bug

Feels like Falling (EP):
"Eine spröde Schönheit, die wie hingehuscht am Horizont hängt und doch alles im
Griff hat. Zeitloser, melancholischer Songwriterminimalismus! Eine Seelenreinigung,
der man gerne zuhört!" VISIONS Magazin

Discography

Feels Like Falling – EP 2006 (Richard Mohlmann / GreenHell) You Need a Coin – Album 2009 (Paul! / Rough Trade) Into My Own – Album 2012 (Unter Schafen / Al!ve)