Hades
Resisting Success


2.0
poor

Review

by ImTheOnlyThugInTheBuildin USER (142 Reviews)
April 18th, 2013 | 17 replies


Release Date: 1987 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Boring nonsense.

As thrash was peaking from 1986 to 1991, there really was no room for the mediocre band, and Hades showed this with their 1987 debut. The funny thing is that it only went down hill from here until they finally released a solid album with their 2001 effort. The band suffers from a lack of originality in every frontier, with predictable song structures, boring riff work and uninspired, pedestrian drumming that just sounds like nearly every other fast-paced thrash band of their day. Everything about their debut album Resisting Success just screams "rip-off".

Their guitar work follows the thrash pattern of abusing tremolo picking and the occasional chord-based riff or pull-off based riff and this would be all fine and dandy if it had not been done to death by now. Slayer had released Reign In Blood, Dark Angel's Darkness Descends was on shelf, Metalica's chord-heavy Master Of Puppets had been released a year previously. There really was no room anywhere on anyone's shelves for Hades' boring debut. There are the occasional good riffs that stick out, such as on the song Masque Of The Red Death and the slowest riff to the title track but aside from this the band just sounds mundane and tired. The soloing is the same-old nonsense from thrash metal-let's all shred as fast as we can.

The drumming and vocals are boring, with the drummer knowing literally two beats and the vocalist just never really striving to stand out at all. The production does not really help this either as the drums completely dominate the mix so that ANY enjoyment that could be gained from the guitars and even the bass work can not be heard at all. The songs themselves follow the same verse-chorus-verse-chorus-bridge-chorus structure that has been done to death and the album drags on too long. Most of the songs here are really not needed at all and only drag the album down. It would be better served as just a three or four track EP. Legal Tender is the worst offender here, with snooze-inducing riffing being taken to monumental heights here and it is guaranteed to send you to sleep.

Resisting Success is not particularly a bad album at all, it just never threatens to set the world alight or make your chode stand on end, its just dull all the way through.



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Willie
Moderator
April 18th 2013


16131 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I agree with the rating, but the review was definitely rushed and doesn't really tell the reader anything about the music.

You could mention that the vocalist for this was Alan Techio (from Watchtower). You could mention that this wasn't really straight-up thrash. There was definiltey some power metal influences there, some minor prog influences too. Kind of a blend of old-school Testament and Sanctuary (without equaling the sum of their parts).

And, although I agree with your rating, you spend too much time comparing it to the greatest albums of that era which is going to make almost any other album pale in comparison.

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Willie
Moderator
April 18th 2013


16131 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I haven't heard it in awhile, but I don't ever remember this band being pure thrash.

You should review Helstar - Glory Of Chaos

FrozenVain
April 18th 2013


2472 Comments


Wow this band has some shitty ratings, but I can see why based on the review. Nice work, pos'd.

thumbcrusher
April 18th 2013


3607 Comments


this band doesn't look very good

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Willie
Moderator
April 18th 2013


16131 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

They were never anything special. The best thing they had going for them was Watchtower's vocalist. When they reformed as a heavier, doomier version of Soundgarden is when they actually did something cool.

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
April 18th 2013


21448 Comments


Never heard anything by this band. Don't think I'll bother changing that.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
April 18th 2013


6286 Comments


All I've heard from these guys is $avior$elf which was decent.

Haven't heard this one.

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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
April 18th 2013


20077 Comments


how strange i remember this album being on a list created by user skeletorissatan as great thrash albums ;)

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intotheshit
April 18th 2013


3639 Comments


http://www.sputnikmusic.com/list.php?memberid=556092&listid=109662

There ya go, Atari.

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
April 18th 2013


21448 Comments


how strange i remember this album being on a list created by user skeletorissatan as great thrash albums ;)


Haha, skele always contradicting himself.

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
April 18th 2013


21448 Comments


He's put it on 3 lists actually.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
April 18th 2013


20077 Comments


prolly gonna listen cause now i'm curious

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
April 18th 2013


20077 Comments


well in his defense that list is several months old and he may have changed his mind but yeah was kinda funny

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
April 18th 2013


21448 Comments


lol he ranked it a #80 in his top 100 thrash albums list about 3 months ago as well (under his Exhorder account).

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
April 18th 2013


20077 Comments


yeah i knew it was eerily familiar lol

thumbcrusher
April 18th 2013


3607 Comments


oh skele you so silly

SlMBOLlC
April 22nd 2013


5295 Comments


not a bad review. neither pos nor neg



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