Helstar

The King Of Hell

Written by: PP on 29/10/2008 12:41:30

Alright alright just what the hell is going on here? How on earth are Helstar receiving 9/10 - 10/10 on average for their comeback album "The King Of Hell" from pretty much every webzine that I looked into? Don't these reviewers have ears or are they all just stuck in the 80s? Have they not been forced to review dozens upon dozens of albums which sound 100% identical to Helstar's newest, filled with heavy metal clichés starting from the vibrato vocals to the colossal soundscape and the boring riffs that try to be oh-so-huge but in reality are absurdly hollow? Excuse my language, but there seems to be some serious dick sucking going on here; that or every review I saw was written by a leather-clad, long-haired metalhead living in the illusion that the music scene hasn't evolved since heavy metal's heyday in the 80s.

Well, I got news for you: every song on "The King Of Hell" has been already written, deviated into another form, and twisted back into its original form too many times times a thousand. You can't seriously be listening to the high-pitch shriek of the vocalist and honestly consider him original and 'brilliant'? Or call the guitars great when they only really recite every single heavy metal band from the 80s? Even if I were to lean heavily on the notion that not everything good needs to be original, all the songs on "The King Of Hell" lack more or less every aspect that makes music attractive to me; the songs aren't catchy, the solos don't blow me away, the instrumental work is decent but nothing to write home about, and the drumming can best be described as 'standard generic heavy metal'. In fact, that's a good way to describe the entire fucking album.

4

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Release date 26.09.2008
AFM Records

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