Hellish God – The Evil Emanations (Death Metal)

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Have to start with saying Hellish God is such a good name for the band. Because this is fast paced heavy death metal in the veins of Krisiun, Malevolent Creation and Deicide. Which you know is good stuff. The intro builds up with some nice piano which then unleash the Hellish God on Qlipoth. The album never really stops either. It offers 30 minutes of pure death metal of the more brutal kind. There are definitely a few songs I like more than others though. With The Hindering Ones and Tagimron is Summoned being the two tracks that’s been played the most after the first listen. The Evil Emanations is a solid debut full-length from Hellish God which is a great follow-up to their EP Impure Spiritual Forces.

Having members from Antropofagus, Imposer and Mindful of Pripyat have surely helped this band as you can tell it’s experienced musicians at work. This also marks the first time I listen to a concept album focused on Qlipoth, metaphorical shells which represent evil spiritual forces in the Jewish mysticism. Now that’s evil.

Label: Everlasting Spew Records
For fans of: Malevolent Creation and Krisiun
Release date: January 8th, 2018
Favorite song: The Hindering Ones
Score: 3/5

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Thousand Eyes – Day of Salvation (Melodic Death Metal)

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Isn’t melodeath lovely? There are few subgenres that I like as much as melodic death metal. Maybe it’s due to me being Swedish and it’s in my blood and bands such as In Flames, Sonic Syndicate, At the Gates etc got me into the whole metal scene. I don’t know but something in me makes me go bananas when melodeath is on. So what about Thousand Eyes? Actually I’d never heard about the band before I visited Tokyo last year. After getting to know a fellow metalhead he invited me to his home to grab some beers and listen to music. There he presented Thousand Eyes to me, a Japanese band who prior this album had released two albums named Bloody Empire and Endless Nightmare. After hearing some from both albums (while I shared some Swedish death metal obviously his way) I got hooked. It’s nothing original but as I said before, melodeath is in my blood and when it’s done well I am not one to complain.

Thousand Eyes offer the listener a lot of energy, aggression and class riffs. Granted I think there are a few too many on the album as it almost becomes a power metal album in that sense. Too much melodic too little death metal if you get what I mean. I know Thousand Eye’s guitarist Kouta both write and produce the albums so it’s not strange there is a lot of emphasis on the guitars, which I am sure their fan base love mind you. Each to their own I guess but there can be too much of the sweets in my opinion. Like a Soilwork, Disarmonia Mundi (I think the singer sounds quite a bit like Björn Strid actually) and Mors Principium Est mix. At times there are almost a bit of thrash elements to it as well.

All in all this is a well produced album, production have become a lot better since Blood Empire in my opinion, that a lot of melodic death metal fans will devour and enjoy. Compared to what I’ve heard coming this year from giants like At the Gates they are a few numbers short though. Thousand Eyes continues fine-tuning their sound and even though I don’t agree with the direction they are going 100% it’s still a good album that will please their fans.

Label: Bloody Empire
For fans of: Soilwork and Mors Principium Est
Release date: February 21st, 2018
Favorite song: Day of Salvation
Score: 3/5