Hexenhaus
The Edge of Eternity


4.0
excellent

Review

by Geadom USER (9 Reviews)
June 18th, 2013 | 16 replies


Release Date: 1990 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Even without its former members, Mike Wead pushes forward and delivers another great album, losing some steam but gaining more power in the gears.

Hexenhaus (German for "witch's cottage"), really was that one band. The one that you can’t help but think “They’re going to be BIG”… but managed to fall short. After an all-star lineup (compromising of members of disbanded cult Sweden underground band Manniya Blade , plus Mercyful Fate / King Diamond guitarist Mike Wead) delivered the somehow raw but dark and powerful tech thrash A Tribute to Insanity in 1988, there was no doubt: These guys were onto something, and they needed just that little push (or luck) to achieve greatness..

But life´s never fair, and receiving little to no support, everyone just dropped the project, except for Wead himself. Returning with a new lineup, 1990´s The Edge of Eternity expands Hexenhaus sound with more progressive elements that make it a worthwhile addition to the band legacy.

New (and one time) vocalist Tommy Agrippa sounds like a power metal front man gone mad, with a frenzied and angry tone in every single song, and screams / chills combined with some semi-highs that make his vocals not only listenable, but really apt for the most technical approach the band takes. Lyrics are thrash standard fare of war and its consequences ( Toxic Threat ) and everything dealing with the human condition of simply existing and having a psyche that never sleeps (Home Sweet Home), distrust toward politics (The House Of Lies) and the terrifying fact that true evil lies inside every one of us (Prime Evil). Overall, lyrically the album is diverse, and far from stale.

One direction that this album follows as noted before, is that is more technical than A Tribute to Insanity: Drummer Johan Billerhag and bass player Marty Marteen have far greater presence on this record that their predecessors, the latter having a more audible sound (thanks to an improved production), and the former just giving a lot of great fills, double bass, and a sense of “urgency” that matches the frenzied vocals pretty well; truly what makes the album sound more robust and mature than on the past LP. Just wait until you listen to the rhythm section on Toxic Threat , the drumming intro to Prime Evil and that sweet bass undertone on the instrumental A temple for the Soul to know that these guys don’t joke when it comes to playing their instruments.

Riffs are what make or break any decent thrash albums and I have great news in that aspect: Mike Wead could be easily one of the most underrated riff makers out there. The main riffs on some of the tracks are not only powerful to hold the song altogether, but also are really CATCHY and memorable, like in Prime Evil, House of Lies, and At the Edge of Eternity . the 13 minute title track (that display some subtle eastern scales - as in the instrumental- and cool acoustic parts), that even with its runtime never gets dull or boresome. The fact that Wead is such a riff machine, coupled with Marco A. Nicosia leads make this album a fine and prime example of the fact that euro thrash was on its own league when “progressive” and “tech” (A Eternal Nightmare) was used on the same context.

The production on the album as noted before is really good for its time, but not that optimal considering a lot of thrash (and metal in general) releases around the same time, and while this album sounds really fresh and good up until this day, it doesn’t have or hold the same dark, thrashy punch that the first album had. Also a shame is the fact that the bass obeys the classic "follow the guitar" template of the age; but still with those gripes, if you consider yourself a tech thrash fanatic, or are a newcomer to the genre, give this a try. It sure losed some steam on the machinery that is Hexenhaus, but The Edge of Eternity keeps the gears running strong, without any signs of getting rusty soon.

Recommended Tracks – Everything on here is pretty solid, but MY favorites are:
Toxic Threat
Prime Evil
Home Sweet Home
The Eternal Nightmare – Act one



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Geadom
June 17th 2013


2839 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

yeah, i know, only a review by day, but i wanted to review this SINCE a loooong time, and had to make use of today procastination.

Ingles no ser mi lenguaje nativo, notar cualquier error por favor!

Geadom
June 17th 2013


2839 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Thanks. Fixed a lot of stuff, as always.

Why this band is soooooo underrated just escapes me.

oltnabrick
June 17th 2013


31595 Comments


album is great

posdz

bloc
June 17th 2013


35024 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I remember not digging this too much when I last heard it, which was a while ago.

Havey
June 17th 2013


9810 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

same

it's a gd album, but the debut is so much better

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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
June 18th 2013


6344 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I was more than lucky to find this album as second hand CD back in the day.

Good review, pos.

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Geadom
June 18th 2013


2839 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Any critics, oh great Voivod from outer space?

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
June 18th 2013


6344 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

As I said, the review is well written, I didn't noticed anything in particular that needs immediate remedy.

Haven't heard this album in quite a while...

Geadom
June 18th 2013


2839 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

You guys sure are kind! (or blind, i fixed like 5 mistakes / typos right now, haha).



tempest--
June 18th 2013


14629 Comments


Pos dude, good review.
Definitely need to check this band soon.

KILL
June 18th 2013


72280 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

agree with havey but thrash on regardless m./n/z/.hngjndfosnkig

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Geadom
June 19th 2013


2839 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I suggest everyone re-checks this, i found this album to be very good, 4.0 material for sure.

KILL
June 19th 2013


72280 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

have checked many a time me old mucker, tis a find record, but alas, not a 4~

Geadom
June 20th 2013


2839 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

MEDICATION?

INTOXICATION!

Ovrot
June 20th 2013


10554 Comments


NOW
I AM REBOOOOOOOOOOOOORRRRRN


wrong album

Geadom
July 8th 2013


2839 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

HOME SWEET HOME




http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KYXPBd54XQg



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