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Prog and post metal goes chamber music:


Hei’An with EP Live at EastWest Studios and session video can’t get out of my skin (Live at EastWest Studios)

A young, fresh touch to progressive metal from the heart of Slovenia: Hei’An sets the mood for sensitive post rock, mixed with strong metal elements. Following the lead of the band’s mastermind Matic Blagonič, Hei’An released their dreamy album imago in November 2022. This philosophical full-length revolves around traumas, inner hell and toxic states of mind. As turbulent as these sad stories are, the melodies also maneuver the listener towards dark and deep worlds. 

On top of performing successfully at 2023’s 70000TONS OF METAL Cruise in the Caribbean, recent Metaldays and looking forward to this year’s ProgPower, Hei’An continue to move their musical genius forward: The Slovenians stopped by in the halls of legends, the renowned EastWest Studios in Hollywood. The recording facility has produced some of the most celebrated music of the last fifty years, ranging from Frank Sinatra to The Rolling Stones. Hei’An’s adventure in LA gave birth to four smashing tracks with magnificent orchestral sounds – and the aural outcome is the EP Live at EastWest Studios (release: October 6).

can’t get out of my skin (Live at EastWest Studios) was the first of the four songs to be recorded at EastWest Studio 2 and is now released along with a session video as a first foretaste of the EP. The track consists of emotional changes between soft and distorted vocals, a huge impressive chorus and progressive rhythmic sections, all backed up by a playful string quartet and the band’s new background screaming voice: longtime touring member Aljaž Novak, whom the band just recently announced as a full-time Hei'An band member. From the beginning on, this song captures the audience with shimmering synths and soft spoken words, to resolve into a blend of an epic movie score and progressive metal breakdowns.
All of this builds up to a sonic encounter, moving the band’s music into a new direction. The whole musical odyssey is now available on all relevant streaming platforms; the video is now out on YouTube:

Hei’An Live at EastWest Studios is out on October 6, 2023 and now ready for pre-order via:

Pre-Save the LP here: