Hell (USA)
III


4.0
excellent

Review

by Prudence McIrelandson tha 4nd USER (8 Reviews)
March 9th, 2013 | 14 replies | 1,098 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Sinking into sounds.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Hell's third tape is a sonically appealing trance, containing clean picked guitar, slow trudging doom, vehement black metal and grinding feedback. Its features are noticeably accentuated by the production. Even relative to the production of more acclaimed doom releases, it's really good. Hell manipulates atmospheres, using simple parts in a interesting way to generate concentrated doomy goodness.

With only two songs, clocking in at 18+ minutes each, it can be really tough to hold some ones attention span. However, Hell presents it's ideas in a way that keeps everything fresh. Having large drone sections can often fracture the continuity of a doom album if done improperly. In this case, it's executed with great expertise and awareness. Layers of feedback and droning notes are mixed to sound very muddy, yet deep. There is a large drone/ambient section at the end of 'Mourn' that is actually quite long, but sonically interesting enough to keep your attention. It helps that the other aspects of the music sound just as great. The production in general has a lot of depth, making the doom parts sound deep and soupy, and the black metal parts sounding ferocious. As a whole the production makes a large part of the album.

The ideas on III are not new in any way, but they sound so good, and are put together so neatly it's hard not to enjoy. There are clean melodic portions beginning both songs that create a melancholic atmosphere. Many of the melodies are very memorable, including a clever chord progression in 'Decedre' accompanied by flutes, which is certainly a highlight of the tape. The black metal portions are pretty standard, but satisfying, and even accompanied with operatic vocals in places. They also take up a lot of the play time, with much of III reflecting more of a black metal feel than some of the previous Hell releases. Many of the singular elements they create are simple, but they are arranged in a way to make them as interesting as possible. Each song sets a tone, and slowly progresses, sinking deeper and deeper until it grinds to a halt, and then slowly sinks back to the surface to take a breath.

It is obvious that great care was put into making the elements flow , and reflecting the initial mood put forth by each song. The mood doesn't often stray away from the depressive monotony that it incubates. This of course was deliberate, setting the scene for an album that is more easily absorbed, than listened to. Both songs are equally enjoyable in the regard that it's not really what they are playing, but rather how they are playing it. While the structure itself might not be instantly memorable, the overall atmosphere is infectious and deeply satisfying. It's because of this that III could be accessible to those not well acquainted with doom, which is not something that can be said for most tapes.

There are no real stand out flaws to this tape, however it isn't a ground breaking release by any means. It's a great addition to any doom collection, but it's only really remarkable in the context of itself. In the end, Hell uses simplicity and atmosphere to create an album that sounds pretty God damn good.



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Mewcopa0
March 9th 2013



1799 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

God damn good. GETT IT? ha.......................ha.....................ha...

Relinquished
March 9th 2013



24924 Comments


nice job dude props for reviewing it

eternium
March 9th 2013



16337 Comments


Next album will be an hour long song.

Mewcopa0
March 9th 2013



1799 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I could go for that.

MisterTornado
Contributing Reviewer
March 9th 2013



4507 Comments


This sounds interesting

ShadowRemains
March 9th 2013



20535 Comments


krieg band

Digging: Banks - Goddess

CaptainDooRight
March 9th 2013



28838 Comments


Pos'd


AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
March 9th 2013



16135 Comments


Nice review. This is easily one of my favorite releases from 2012. Awesome stuff, as usual, from Hell.

Cygnatti
March 23rd 2013



21350 Comments


gonna give this a listen sometime

bodiesinflight57
June 21st 2013



869 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is rad as anything

CrimsonLies
March 21st 2014



2020 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Kinda hard to get into those screams

Relinquished
March 21st 2014



24924 Comments


boo hoo

CrimsonLies
March 21st 2014



2020 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Maybe they'll grow on me. The instrumentals are great though

CrimsonLies
March 21st 2014



2020 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Actually this rules hard

I like the vocals on II and III but not so big on some of the screams on I



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