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Album Review: 8MM- "Heart-Shaped Hell"

Review By Steven I. Berdecia

8MM, composed by Juliette and Sean Beavan have released a new EP -"Heart-Shaped Hell". It is the duo’s first release in the last seven years. Grammy-nominated producer/mixer and multi-instrumentalist Sean Beavan (Nine Inch Nails, Thrice, No Doubt, Slayer) and his talented wife/vocalist Juliette Beavan are heavily invested in the music scene. The couple takes pride in all the hard work that went into "Heart-Shaped Hell" . It's their favorite collection of songs to date, and it's sure as hell one of mine.

The pop album track list includes songs:

1. Self-Inflicted Heartache

2. Supercrush

3. Heart-Shaped Hell

4. Bright It On

5. Move With Me

6. Move With Me (Radio Edit)

Their music has been featured in numerous movies and top of the line TV shows, like “Underworld: Awakening”, “Dirty Little Liars”, “Mistresses”, “Grey’s Anatomy”, “Nip Tuck”, “Nikita”, “One Tree Hill”, “Cold Case”, and the list goes on. This goes to show the duo's capability to create any type of genre. The first song on the EP "Self-Inflicted Heartache" shows off Juliette’s vocals, she perfectly hits all the high notes, but she also has a soft-mellow side. To be quite honest, while listening to this song you feel like you’re in a movie like "Twilight" or "Underworld"- it just has that kind of vibe. The second song Supercrush is rhythmically up-lifting. This is one of those songs in movies where the characters would start to fight. The beat gets you pumped within the first 20 seconds, I can see what makes this song a fan favorite right off the bat. Juliette’s confident and commanding vocals along with Sean’s rhythmic dexterity shows how in sync the two are and how powerful their music can really be.

The third song which is also the name of the EP, Heart-Shaped Hell, is a softer slower toned song that has a relaxing beat you can vibe to. I would compare this song to a scene in a movie where the main character is reflecting upon their actions or choices. The fourth song on the album, Bring It On, starts off as a soft-slow song. There’s a piano playing right before it transitions into Sean’s lyrics and then then the song turns into a faster upbeat version, towards the end it becomes a duet. The couple both sing “BRING IT ON!!” right as the song ends, like they're prepared to take on anything coming their way. The fifth song Move With Me is the longest song on the album. The vibrant dramatical instrumental at the beginning sounds like a song that could be featured in the Tron movie. It has a futuristic feel. There is also a radio edition on the track called Move With Me (Radio Edit), which doesn’t feature the intro instrumentals and is the sixth song on the EP.

8MM is one of those bands that you need to get on or you'll regret it for the rest of your life!


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