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    Posted: May 14 2019 at 20:15
I recently got into a band from Finland called Death Hawks. 

What I would like to ask all you progressive experts out there is, where do these guys fit?  Do they fit in with prog archives? What did you think of their new songs such as scent of life? Are they going in the right direction? 

They have 3 studio albums and a fourth to be released this June. 

Their first album ‘Death & Decay’ was released 2012 and this early incarnation pretty much kept to a bluesy psychedelic rocky edge with hints of influences from T-Rex, Iron Butterfly and Uriah Heep, but also a slight hint of what direction they were to develop musically in the coming years. Proggers may like ‘Blue Void’ and ‘Priest’s March’ and perhaps ‘The Peace Maker’.  


 Their 2013 second self titled album ‘Death Hawks’ was similar but a much more interesting development. Some great progesque track picks here such as ‘Blind Daughter of Death’ and the amazing ‘Black Acid’. There were now more parts to the story but still hard to put a finger on where in progressive rock these guys fit. There was certainly Crossover Prog here at times and even some electronic and psychedelic/space rock.


Still the band seemed to need to develop and so they did.

Their 2015 third album release ‘Sun Future Moon’ was a much more rounded and better produced album overall. More influences came into play such as floyd and some trance and electronic influences and more space rock. Some interesting tracks here such as ‘Dream Machine’ and the brilliant ‘Behind Thyme’


What is beautiful about the Death Hawks is that they probably do want to fit into a category but don’t quite fit into any, well not for long anyway. They certainly have crossed over a couple of music genres and possibly to the chagrin of many progressive rock stalwarts, have brought glam, pop and techno into the prog world.

 Their newest album Psychic Harmony, due to be released June 7, promises to increase that very influence and do just that. It appears they really are focusing on glam and pop with a progressive edge. They have released a few tracks as teasers so far and all are actually quite good. I especially liked ‘Scent of Life’ which gave me goosebumps.


 What I really like about this band is that they are pushing buttons and making music exciting and indulgent again. I think it is really great to blur the lines and to make someone listen to music they perhaps would never have dreamed they would be listening to.

What do you think of this band?  

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An additional track from the new upcoming album



Anyone dare to comment on this band or have anything to talk about in regard to a newer band apart from Jetho Tull, ELP, Peter Hammill  or King Crimson? 

Anyone think there is a place for progressive pop songs?  Or songs with delicate lyrics? 



This new special track is also from their new upcoming album release. 




Edited by tigerfeet - May 23 2019 at 21:06
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In terms of being most applicable to our categories, it's Psych with Crossover (pop) elements. Listening to the album Sun Future Moon, one can hear some Krautrock influence in there. https://deathhawks.bandcamp.com/album/sun-future-moon

I like that "The Peace Maker" track you posted a lot. Overall from these samples it doesn't strike me as right for Prog Archives. Maybe Prog Related in a way, but that category is very difficult to get into and this would lack the historical significance and I don't know if any of the band members have been in bands classified as prog at this site.

Psych or bust, I would say, and from my listening so far, I would posit that this would not be included in PA despite having a relation to various music in PA. Good band, anyway. I also enjoyed A Room With a View, but I really did not like the pop song Re-Run (the video put me off a little more).

I would say no to PA at this time from what I have heard so far. I doubt this would be included in Psych or Crossover, and I wouldn't see it in Prog Related.
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I tend to agree with you Logan. It is hard for a band to be classified into a category when there are so many variants through their first few albums and no set or clear cut association with a category in progarchives.

 However, they certainly have a knack for creating simple and effective licks and the sound overall is pleasing and creative.

 Also, a great point though you made, if unintentionally, sometimes a video can change perspective upon a song which would sound or play perhaps very differently when using the sense of hearing alone, without using the visual sense, which may interfere with the essence of the track.

 I also did not like Re-Run the first time I listened to it, but have come to the conclusion that it is a beautiful track nevertheless, and actually quite emotional in its form.

 When listening to bands I find on progarchives or elsewhere, I am always looking for that band that may take me on a journey for a little while and thus my current interest with this band. I like to revisit that feeling I had, long ago, when I first discovered Floyd or King Crimson, for example, where I immersed myself into that band and listened to everything they had or were to accomplish.

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One more video - live last week. 
Gets real good at around 1 min.  Instrumental from the album i assume






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cheers, I'm with Logan in general

certainly a good alternative band, they are crossing diverse genres, as there are blues, psych, pop, jazz.
But overall, what I could hear so far, the prog substance is minimal, not a promising candidate for the PSIKE team at least


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Rivertree, I loved that you replied and appreciate the time all your guys spend on here, but I may not have picked out the best examples of prog related tracks from their history, perhaps. 

How about some of these examples of prog related, psych space prog rock which may whet your appetite

First Album - Death & Decay

Track - Shinning 

Hawkwind did similar stuff 



Second Album - Death Hawks

Track - Night Children

Pretty Prog Space Rock 



Third Album - Sun Future Moon

Track - Seaweed

Prog


Last but not least, if if this is not Psych/Space Rock 



Their new upcoming Album - Psychic Harmony is due for release and they appear to have gone more progressive pop orientated i agree. 

Tim Buckley released Greetings From LA which was basically funk disco pop, ELO produced similar fare for many years, many popular bands here including dear Floyd tried their hand at pop to some degree. Roger Waters umm did pop, alternative, opera, as well as all kinds of other genres. Hawkwind released Hurry on Sundown and Silvermachine - quite poppy for the day. Even Yes had a few oddities which strayed far from being purely prog as well as Owner of a Lonely Heart Wink 

Track - Whisper

This albums going to be very interesting, based on what i just wrote above about doing something a little out of the norm for a prog band to do. 



To me they are somewhere in Progressive Related, Crossover, or Psych and deserve to have a presence, EVEN if a few tracks on an album being creatively progressive pop.

I feel the world is a better place for their music and perhaps a team here would take them on and enroll them into the archives. 




Edited by tigerfeet - May 23 2019 at 21:03
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