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CD HELHORSE OH DEATH REVIEW

HELHORSE

OH DEATH

TARGET RECORDS

SEPTEMBER 23 2013

 

 

A HORSE WORTH BACKING

 

 

With a name like Helhorse and an opening track called “Fuck Art, Let’s Kill” Helhorse is immediately in my good books, and after expecting something far more brutal I was glad to find a band that sees to inhabit that land where genre labels are harder to place (actually that does seem to be Denmark).

 

Coming across like Clutch meets Kyuss in a castle owned by Zakk Wylde, Ozzy and Monster Magnet we’re in solid retro riff territory here and it sounds good.

 

Both opening barrels ‘Fuck Art, Let’s Kill’ and ‘Hell Hath no Fury’ fire beautifully before a piano and some Sabbath-like riffs and a slow build add another dimension on ‘The Seams of Life’ which has a little of Soundgarden in its DNA. It’s the song that says these guys should be taken seriously.

 

It may be two years since their debut album hit but after listening to ‘Oh Death’ you have to say that the wait was worth it and I’m glad that the movement in Rock and Metal at the moment is one that will surely embrace this sort of sound.

 

Stylistically we get a change with ‘The Carnal Rage’ which brings to mind one of my favourite bands – ‘Bullets and Octane’ – it’s punk fuelled hard rock and one of my favourite here.

 

The other real standouts, openers and ‘…Rage’ aside, would have to be  “ Climb Through Fire’ which again starts all delicately before bursting slowly into life on the back of a great riff (It’s another song like ‘The Seams of Life’ that really shows off the vocals) and ‘Death Comes To The Sleeping’ which signals that the band may have other layers and depth that we’ve only had hints of so far.

 

These guys should be huge! Listen to them grow!

 



‘Oh Death’ is available to buy from Target form Sept 23th 2013.

 

 

Mark Diggins

 

CD HELHORSE OH DEATH REVIEW 2013