Rating:
8.5
Hell - Curse & Chapter
22 November 2013


01. Gehennae Incendiis
02. The Age Of Nefarious
03. The Disposer Supreme
04. Darkhangel
05. Harbinger Of Death
06. End Ov Days
07. Deathsquad
08. Something Wicked This Way Comes
09. Faith Will Fall
10. Land Of The Living Dead
11. Deliver Us From Evil
12. A Vespertine Legacy

[DVD] [digipak bonus]
Derby Assembly Rooms
01. Let Battle Commence
02. Something Wicked This Way Comes
03. Plague And Fyre
04. The Devil's Deadly Weapon
05. Save Us From Those Who Would Save Us

Bloodstock Open Air
06. Darkhangel
07. The Quest
08. Blasphemy And The Master


If that freaking genius that was Edgar Allan Poe lived in these days, he would have listened to Hell. Their crazy, obscure and disquieting traits would have allowed them to get along well.

But to the music now. Hell, died out in 1987 after five years of undeserved struggling in almost complete anonymity, were resurrected more than twenty years later and rose to fame in 2011 releasing Human Remains, which only contained re-recordings of classic Hell tracks that were discarded by the music biz. The litmus test, that will classify them as a bunch of nostalgic musicians or as a force in the heavy metal scene, however, comes with Curse And Chapter, that is, in fact, an album composed of both old tracks and new ones.

What jumps to the ear just after the first second of listening is that what was appreciated in Human Remains has not been betrayed, but improved. The unique, oppressive Hell atmosphere serves as background for clever, NWOBHM-esque riffing, straight-to-the-point yet unpredictable songwriting, Bowes' stunningly dramatic performance and cathedral-like gothic keyboards.

If there was to find something to distinguish Curse And Chapter from its predecessor is this last feature: keys are drastically more influential than in Human Remains, and find their rightful space in the production (another of this albums' ups) without overhanging the rest or disappearing.

Despite this dark mood surrounding everything, this is an appreciably varied album. Huge merit of this goes to the fact that the band can count on multiple songwriters, so that you can find here straightforward sing-along tracks as well as proggy structures.

The added value of this release, and the fact that it ensures us that we'll hear about Hell again, is that the new tracks are not out-shined by the classics. To be honest, without a specific list I couldn't distinguish them: it's like these 25+ years were nothing but a brief stop, as the band is still able to compose tracks of the same sky-high quality.

The door that was solemnly shut at the end of Human Remains reopened and another great album made its way towards us. As previously mentioned, it's like these decades haven't passed, but lets ask ourselves: what would we be listening to if Hell received their well-deserved fame in the 80's? Oh boy what have we lost?

Anyway, let's focus on today and let's admit that a once dead band is now revitalizing heavy metal. And this is a pretty metal thing.


Band profile: Hell
Album: Curse & Chapter


 



Written on 22.02.2014 by
R Lewis
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Tristus Scriptor - 22.02.2014 at 11:31  
A favorite of mine already. These guys epitomize METAL. \m/
Fredd - 22.02.2014 at 15:50  
I fucking love this band
Druss - 22.02.2014 at 17:14  
^what he said.
Troy Killjoy - 22.02.2014 at 18:37  
I'd probably rate this a full point lower than you, but generally feel the same about it. Good variation, solid production, great riffs - overall, definitely a nice little package. Surprisingly a lot more engaging than I expected it to be. Nice review.
Troy Killjoy - 22.02.2014 at 18:43  
Also shouldn't the album title be edited? We have it listed as Curse and Chapter when it's actually Curse & Chapter. :/
R Lewis - 22.02.2014 at 19:10  
Written by Troy Killjoy on 22.02.2014 at 18:43

Also shouldn't the album title be edited? We have it listed as Curse and Chapter when it's actually Curse & Chapter. :/

Dunno... Their website sucks but Nuclear Blast refers to it as Curse And Chapter (link)

EDIT Also the promo PDF they sent me says "Curse And Chapter"
Lit. - 22.02.2014 at 19:40  
I just want it on record that I think Darkhangel is the best song to come out of 2013.
psykometal - 23.02.2014 at 10:08  
@Troy and Luigi, I typically resolve such debates by looking at what is printed on the artwork.

(I'd do this myself except I'm currently on phone and doing such things from a phone is very tedious :p)
R Lewis - 23.02.2014 at 10:57  
Written by psykometal on 23.02.2014 at 10:08

@Troy and Luigi, I typically resolve such debates by looking at what is printed on the artwork.

(I'd do this myself except I'm currently on phone and doing such things from a phone is very tedious :p)

Apothecary - 23.02.2014 at 19:04  
Had me pretty hooked with the E.A. Poe reference, but seeing you mention that this is really NWOBHM inspired, with a heavy keyboard touch, just made me want to check it out even more. Killer stuff, Darkhangel is definitely a standout to me as well.
deadone - 23.02.2014 at 23:47  
Good stuff and great review.
Daniell - 23.02.2014 at 23:58  
This is even better than Human Remains.
bblitz - 24.02.2014 at 20:35  
Masterpiece.Album is so damn good.
One of the best in decades of heavy music.
DavidNicholson - 25.02.2014 at 20:08  
Just come across thw web site thanks now listening to hell didnt know they were back
Catacombrocks - 28.02.2014 at 19:58  
Thıs album is just awesome. vocals are tearing the skies.
FelixtheMetalcat - 03.03.2014 at 22:27  
Another Great album from Hell. I prefer Human Remains a tad better but thats being nitpicky, this is a very nice follow up. I hope they continue down this path of excellency.
FelixtheMetalcat - 03.03.2014 at 22:28  
Written by Fredd on 22.02.2014 at 15:50

I fucking love this band



I 2nd that !!

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