HELLBOMB "Hatebombs from Hell"
Hellbomb members balancing their band activities between 2 major cities of Russia: Moscow and Saint Petersburg. If you follow, you can notice that I review Eastern European scene for a few weeks now and I do not think things could go any better from that point on. Just now, the bands I spontaneously can recall for their really good albums they put out are Equinox, Eclipse, Mora Prokaza, Bestial Deform, Majesty of Revival. Hellbomb is quite different than any of those, so my enthusiasm writing this review is even bigger now. Hatebombs From Hell is a hideous album with nasty vocals and uncompromising lyrics. Sometimes they can go really ugly and very straightforward but it should not surprise many people nowadays, especially metalheads which are resistant to heavy, dirty sounds and vulgar words anymore...They hit with simple but brutal songs like Venom, Sodom, Fredag Den 13:e. However they are more raw, violent and underground sounding than any of them. Russians are convincing in merging their punk influences with death metal which they slightly proved in few songs on the record in very furious and fast way. Music wise, punk is more present on the whole record than death metal but they are dealing with old school metal mainly which gives me impression of black thrash as their prior style. Hellbomb has wide range of influences and they know how to transform different genres into satisfying form of music fitness. This album spreads sonic terrors and enjoying heck out of it is beyond question.
HELLBOMB "Hatebombs from Hell"
This young Russian trio has only been in existence since 2014 and they claim their music to be a sinister and detonating mix of Black Metal, Punk (Hardcore), and Doom/Stoner. Well, on paper that sounds relatively interesting, does not it? Hatebombs from Hell, Hellbombs debut album, reclaims Ц at least partly Ц some of the expectations I had towards this record. To me they sound like a punkier version of Ohios gore masters, Necrophagia, from The Divine Art of Torture album on, up to the bands latest album, WhiteWorm Cathedral. Isavar on vocals reminds me strongly of Killjoys insane and deranged vocal delivery, and thats always a good sign. Besides that, Hellbombs ravenous, amazingly vicious and even stylish combination of certain rebellious music styles turns out to be a successful recipe. I personally like the bands fuck-you-all punk attitude that they have so well incorporated into the songs, simply letting some steam off and not caring about anything else around them. Hellbombs debut album is a pretty crazy and hysteric sounding package all in all. I am definitely going to keep my eyes out for their future comings and goings.
HELLBOMB "Crown of Skulls"
New EP from Russian Hellbomb kicks off with sort of manifestation intro, a call to war if you prefer. This fucking brutal and vulgar beginning quickly turns into fast death metal massacre, sick solos and devastating blasts. It was S/T song and next one is a bit different. More crusty death punk with little rhythmic guitars and shy melodies. I already know this EP is a killer and sinister stuff. The third one which is a Boneblood is a medium paced song with good guitar leads and screaming vocals. Still, it is heavy song with awesome solos and Napalmish grind moments. Next is called Antimusic with intense, heavy shreds, faster tempos and it is a little like Slayer from Diabolos in Musica meets hard core heaviness, mixed with grind/punk and fuck you attitude. I like dynamics and sharpness of this song. Any hope is annihilated with last song of the EP. It is the track with fast shreds and thrashy guitar harmonies. Half of the song is heavy as fuck but the other one is just hell on earth: speed, brutality and sound of bombs explosion that finish every life on Earth. It is good and dangerous mini album with really massive sound for merciless killing capacity. A mastering and production of the EP are done first class. I have a lot of credit for this band and their uncompromising mix of various, aggressive music styles.
HELLBOMB "Darkness Grinds Within"
Recently, i have only received bands from Russia and every album is different from the other. The variety and the number of releases in the scene there is impressive. Here i will present to you the second full length release of Hellbomb called Darkness Grinds Within and was firstly released as an independent, digital album in January of 2019 and later, in August of the same year, it was released in cd format by the Russian label More Hate Productions. Hellbomb is a four Ц member band formed in 2014 and they have released one demo, one EP and two full length albums. Darkness Grinds Within contains seven new compositions and one cover that i will comment on it later, and it lasts for thirty five minutes. What you get from the start is that the band is really talented but lets get into their music for more specific details. Their special style is a combination of various styles, seemingly incompatible with each other but i believe that they have managed to produce a successful result. The first part of their music is the brutal, war Death/ Black Metal fused with a lot of Scandinavian Black Metal riffing. The other part of this combination is that groovy, hardcore Ц like heavy riffing that reminded me a lot of Napalm Deaths Fear, Emptiness, Despair album. All these, presented under a heavy, suffocating and very dark atmosphere making the result extremely intense and brutal, not in the ordinary way. There are also some slow, melodic doom passages which give to the composition the opportunity to build up the intensity needed to move on to the chorus. The riffing is versatile, being comfortable in presenting both the fast, tremolo Black Metal, the brutal, destroying Death/ Black riffs and the groovy, hardcore -ish ones. The tracks last as long as they should in order to present the bands ideas completely and their structure is straightforward, depending heavily on the interesting verses and the catchy choruses. There are also the bridges and passages needed to build up the intensity so that the track be interesting for its entire duration and the listener not lose his focus. The production and the mixing of the album is very professional, offering a bassy, warm and clean sound, suitable for the style of the compositions. The mixture is balanced giving the space needed by each instrument in the composition to evolve. The musicians performance is passionate, emotional but also stable and accurate. The guitars are the ruling instrument, the drums give the brutality but also the stability needed, while the bass support the compositions and making the atmosphere darker and heavier. The vocals are very expressive and emotional, spiting hate with their harsh Black Metal tone, while in various parts there are also some deeper Death Metal vocals, other times as main ones and other times as supporting vocals for the harsh, main ones. The lyrics are contained in the six Ц page booklet, they are written in English and they speak about the destruction of light, the decadence of the christian church, their hatred towards christianity and humanity in general, they are nicely written, straightforward lyrics that reminded me a more straightforward and simple way of writing lyrics of the С90ies. By the above you got that the band has created a very interesting album that i liked a lot, so there is nothing else to say on that. What i would like to mention is the work that they have done for their cover to The Antichrist of Slayer. I put on Slayers cd to listen again to the track because this one did not remind me anything. They have done a really great job with the song, getting it closer to their style and presenting it as one of their own with the appropriate respect to the original. The tracks that i liked most are Deliver Us from Ourselves, Lynch Law, Darkness Grinds Within and Necrocosm. This album is not destined to some specific audience. If you like dark, suffocating, brutal and intense Metal, this one is for you.
HELLBOMB "Darkness Grinds Within"
It is not the newest album, it is been released in the end of 2019, I have heard it in the beginning of 2020, and back then, I already knew that there was something in songs ov Hellbomb that will push me back to re-listen this album. If you also heard music of this Russian band, you know that they had been more into hard core, grind core and death metal in the past. Darkness Grinds Within is more a turn toward death metal. My statement is that Hellbomb had never being so death metal as they are now, on this record. The mixes and mastering of the album are really good, whatever direction you want to focus your attention on, it wont be a problem at all. You get smashed by dark and sinister riffs of the band instantly, some of those riffs sound particularly evil in songs like Clench The Flame or in heavier and a bit twisted song Goat Winged Hell Bomber. Also, very clean drumming has very good sound quality, many-ways growling vocals are very extreme, all sound really appropriate technically in music of the band, with sense that album sounds as best as it is now. Music on one hand is very heavy, on the other hand, songs kind of have an evil substance that lurks in between musical ideas. Guitar shreds are brutal, dark and menacing. There is one or two tracks that more connect their music to past times of the band. There are some moments for head banging, like in the song Lynch Law that consists elements of death metal, slam death, grind and black metal. The other track - Darkness Grinds Within has some industrialized hard core and death metal riffs, which remind me few recent tunes of Napalm Death or Straight Hate. There is more blackened death metal song with some immolating death metal riffs, heavy guitar chords and anti-christian chorus, it is track with number 8. Song Necrocosm contains the meaning of what old school death metal is. I think opening track with repeatable chorus "Darkness Grinds Within" sounds sinister too. Every time I hear guitar leads that illuminate music of the band, like for example in Kings Of Nihi, it constructs another dimension in bands music, where band simply take time to deliver quality songs with a proper pacing. If you think it would not be enough, this album also has some black metal influence Ц not caused by sound (it is surely more death metal), but more by intense shreds and baleful guitar textures that are there, nested in their songs. It all sound more terrifying if you will pay attention to lyrics, and intros too... Darkness Grinds Within is another album this year that is just so important for me, for the reason that it is one version of death metal that should be done as it is on this record - unique but not innovative death metal album where nothing should be changed.
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