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Review: Hellman - Born, Suffering, Death
Born, Suffering, Death

Label: Black Lodge Records
Year released: 2024
Duration: 33:32
Tracks: 10
Genre: Death/Thrash


Review online: February 3, 2024
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
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Rated 3/5 (60%) (3 Votes)

This is a death 'n' roll band, though that wasn't my impression from the start as the first song doesn't really have that vibe, more of a heavy/thrash song with harsh vocals. Things fall more in line with the advertised genre with the second song, which, despite some dubious vocal style, quickly gets into a more Motörhead meets death metal style, and the song certainly rocks despite the vocals being somewhat annoying, reminding more of popular -core bands, if not almost nu-metalish (ack!) Not sure why they went in that direction as most of the time I don't think it's a good fit for the music despite the vocalist being quite decent when he leaves that style aside for a minute. A lot of this is straightforward and in-your-face, just plowing ahead and rocking along. There are more melodic passages that come off very old-school with roots closer to '70s heavy rock/metal and that's what caught my attention the most as this is arguably the best material on the album, a few notches above the more punchy and barebones style that they use elsewhere. I'd like this a lot more if not for the chosen vocal style(s), which remind me too much of bands that I wish had never existed. ;) I've heard better in the genre, but there are a few songs here that sure got my head banging and my foot tapping.

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