One of the Best Bands You've Never Heard Of- Until Now: Heart Of Jordan
If you live around the Lansing area of Michigan then you may well have stumbled across Heart Of Jordan by now. A little further afield in the US and there’s still a possibility but from there, chances are this excellent up-and-coming band have slipped through your grasp- until now that is.
Heart Of Jordan are an emphatic quartet (currently) who combine metalcore, alternative metal and hard rock to make some absolutely vital heavy music, and their self-titled debut album shows the band in all their glory.
Check out the visceral screams on ‘Deny’ or the devilish growls on ‘Schizo’, the stunning choruses on ‘Throne Alone’ and ‘No Escape’, the riffs on every single track- there literally is something for everyone on Heart Of Jordan’s majestic first opus, and we caught up with one half of the band’s guitar duo, Elijah White, to find out and bring you more information on the Michigan juggernauts.
Heart Of Jordan’s Formation-
“Heart Of Jordan began its formation in early 2017 with Eric and Andrew. Andrew was filling in on drum duties for Eric’s now defunct band and (they) decided to carry on with a new project. Preston was called in by Andrew and soon joined the fold, and he and Eric combined some song ideas to create the beginning framework for the first four Heart Of Jordan songs- ‘Enslaved’, ‘Deny’, ‘No Escape’ and ‘Thone Alone’.
Soon after, Eric reached out to me to fill out guitars, we’ve known each other since the early 00s, playing in bands together. After a few jam sessions as a foursome it became clear that something special was there. Andy Taylor was recruited as the original bass player but he parted ways due to creative differences. Dan Fell soon came in and after only three months he left due to ongoing schedule conflicts, so we currently have an active member from the local scene filling in on low-end duties while we audition for our next bassist.”
As we mentioned before, HOJ have a diverse palate that makes their sound robust yet accessible, and it’s no surprise that the band’s influences range from the likes of metalcore heroes such as Killswitch Engage and Of Mice and Men, heavy metal behemoths that include Tool, Korn, Pantera and Faith No More, and classic acts like KISS and Guns n’ Roses, and we ask Elijah how his band decide on their own song structures.
“Primarily, ideas are recorded as rough demos and shared with the group. If the idea sticks, we work out the kinks and further develop it as a song, test it out live, then see if any tweaks need to be made; but honestly, nothing beats just jamming together in a room and letting ideas flow.”
The “Heart Of Jordan” Meaning-
“The word “Jordan” is derived from the Hebrew “Yarden” (to flow down, descend). The band name “Heart Of Jordan” uses this origin to express the idea of “falling” hearts, or how love and relationships can consume someone physically and mentally.”
As with every band that are making their own way in a very over-saturated industry, it’s getting increasingly harder to get your own name out there. Unless you are signed to a record label and promotion is done for you, there are various social media platforms to attack, but how do you manage to make sure you don’t get lost in the shuffle…
“It’s a nonstop grind,” begins Elijah, “we are challenged and work every day to gain relevance and stand out amongst our peers. Whether it’s social media campaigns, DIY press releases or networking for playlist adds, it never stops”.
Another thing that is common today is the amount of bands who sound the same, so we ask Elijah to tell you all what sets Heart Of Jordan apart from the rest.
“I believe it is our sound that sets us apart. Our album has a distinct rawness and emotion that is missing from today’s cookie-cutter template of over-polished production. Our songs fill a void in contemporary metal.”
‘Heart Of Jordan’ was produced by Josh Schroeder who has previously worked with King 810, and the album is available now on all good streaming devices. You can also buy the album on the band’s Bandcamp page.
For more information on Heart Of Jordan, visit www.facebook.com/heartofjordanband, and you can watch their latest music video for ‘Deny’ below.