|Review: Desaster - Hellfire's Dominion|
Label: Merciless Records
Year released: 1998
Review online: March 4, 2002
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 4.5/5 (90%) (16 Votes)
Air guitar ready? Start headbanging. "Hellfire's Dominion" is one of those albums that purely and simply rock. Desaster's blackened Thrash Metal (with a hint of traditional heavy metal) is, as always, pretty damn effective throughout the album. The vocals are kind of a mix between Thrash and Black Metal vocals, generally good enough to be understandable, but without lacking in the aggressivity department. While not being the most technical band around, Desaster know how to play their stuff and the guitars on this album are raw, crunching, fast and whether you want it or not you'll find yourself caught into the music from beginning to end.
Not a weak track here, although the intro and outro are just that - kind of fillers, although they fit in well with the rest of the album so they're not tedious like on some other albums. While the album is overall very fast and aggressive, some parts have kind of a little middle-ages sound to them, even more appropriate when you start reading the booklet which has various pictures of old castles as background - very good job on both the cover art and the inside of the booklet. Other than the intro and the outro which get old a bit fast, the rest of the album is simply a metal masterpiece.
This is a must-have for Black/Thrash fans (and Thrash fans who can stand the vocals). This particular album may not be easy to find, however.
- Released on CD, LP and Picture LP
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