Hellsongs
Hymns In The Key Of 666


4.0
excellent

Review

by rasputin USER (196 Reviews)
September 13th, 2008 | 38 replies | 9,215 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Completely innovative and refreshing, Hellsongs give us a cover album that is beautiful, cheery, momentous, and simply brilliant.

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

In a sense, you could say that Hellsongs completely fucked things up with Hymns in the Key of 666. The album is a collection of heavy metal covers, songs that could be considered classics, completely stripped bare and made unrecognizable. You would be hard pressed to find similarities between the Hellsongs version of, lets say ‘Seasons in the Abyss’, and its real counterpart, other than the lyrics. Nevertheless, Hellsongs give us entirely different takes on what are some very well known heavy metal songs, and disregarding the familiarity one has with the songs, injects a totally original essence into them. Every song on here is wonderfully pleasant, and whatever charm the songs may have originally had, Hellsongs removes and makes up for with their own.

The album moves in and out of a variety of moods, very much depending on the flow of the song; opener ‘The Trooper’ is haunting take on the Iron Maiden classic, and serves very well as a light introduction to Hellsongs. It’s perhaps the song most similar to its original on the album, and does well to ease you into a state of mind where you are not making expectations of what the Swedish trio will do. Such a state of mind is required as soon as the next track, ‘Symphony of Destruction’, begins; an upbeat and chirpy track, characterized by its rolling piano lines, it can easily make one imagine Dave Mustaine wearing small overalls and playing on the swings. The tracks can be divided roughly between the radiant and sanguine tracks, the moody and solemn tracks, and everything in between. Once past the opening two songs, Hymns in the Key of 666 gives nothing but surprises. Slayer’s ‘Season in the Abyss’, Metallica’s ‘Blackened’ and Iron Maiden’s ‘Run to the Hills’are but just some examples of covers where Hellsongs have completely changed the structure of the original song, perhaps keeping only certain melodies and the lyrics. It’s a wonderful formula, and the band has done a superb job of it. Special mention needs to be made of vocalist Harriet Ohlsson; the variance in the mood of the album rests almost completely on her shoulders, yet she directs each song with a sense of grace and finesse that is really remarkable. Besides the fact that it was such an innovative idea and that it paid off extraordinarily well, Hymns in the Key of 666 is an album that will always retain its personal meaning; the album is like magic to your ears, and its magic seems to never die. Highly recommended.



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rasputin
September 13th 2008



14540 Comments


I swear there was a staff review for this when it first came out, but it seems to have disappeared. Or it never was there, I dunno.

ASberg
September 13th 2008



2161 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Did you get this from me? Review feels a bit short but i guess you cant really say much more.

Seasons in the abyss is my favourite.

rasputin
September 13th 2008



14540 Comments


No, I stumbled across it a while back. I'm pretty sure it was because I saw a review for it, as I said, but not sure.
Yeah, Seasons of the Abyss is probably my favourite as well.

taylormemer
September 13th 2008



4917 Comments


I knew some ass clown was gonna complain about the length.

rasputin
September 13th 2008



14540 Comments


Yeah, I was purposely going for a shorter review, but anyway. It would've been pointless to drag this out, I said what I had to.

ASberg
September 13th 2008



2161 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It wasnt really that big of a deal, so fuck you taylor.

rasputin
September 13th 2008



14540 Comments


Gentlemen.

taylormemer
September 13th 2008



4917 Comments


Be interesting to hear a different version of Seasons; one of my favourite metal songs ever.

rasputin
September 13th 2008



14540 Comments


I can't see you not liking this, give it a listen.

Jim
September 13th 2008



5110 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

the myspace tracks are ace
i'll have to get this

Athom
Staff Reviewer
September 13th 2008



17204 Comments


this is really damn good. I love how they made Blackened so cheery.This Message Edited On 09.13.08

bastard
September 13th 2008



3435 Comments


rasputin, near all of your reviews are good, but I like your short ones the best. nice job.

kattunlover69
September 13th 2008



1194 Comments


rolling piano lines


radiant and sanguine tracks, the moody and solemn tracks


ju barely talk bout wut the album sounds like.

handoman
September 13th 2008



2386 Comments


The songs on their myspace sound great. I havent heard the originals of these songs, tho.

rasputin
September 13th 2008



14540 Comments


ju barely talk bout wut the album sounds like.

That's the whole point, it'd ruin the surprise of the tracks if I were to talk about how much the band's changed them. Maybe you should stop wasting time bothering me and learn how to write your own reviews.
The songs on their myspace sound great. I havent heard the originals of these songs, tho.

I think it makes a big difference if you've heard the originals.This Message Edited On 09.13.08

marksellsuswallets
September 13th 2008



4848 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album gives me a warm and fuzzy feeling
Haha this is one of the most refreshing cover albums I have heard in a very long time...they did such a good job with this

rasputin
September 13th 2008



14540 Comments


this is one of the most refreshing cover albums I have heard in a very long time...they did such a good job with this

That sums it up pretty well.

bastard
September 13th 2008



3435 Comments


I think Dethrasher was very disappointed with the Slayer cover. lol.This Message Edited On 09.13.08

rasputin
September 13th 2008



14540 Comments


Haha yeah. He probably went into this thinking it was metal, only to receive the surprise of his life.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
September 14th 2008



17204 Comments


I wanna see him review this just for the lulz.



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