HELHORSE - OH DEATH (Mighty Music Records)
(Review by Patrick De Sloover)
Where Nordic Nightmares meet Appalacian dirges, that’s the opening phrase on the infosheet that was included with Helhorse their second album “Oh Death”. This band hails from Denmark/Copenhagen and present their music as a mixture of Sludge meets Stoner and Groove Metal, and I can live with that.
I’m personally not into the stoner metal style, but once and a while I can appreciate some bands, with Helhorse as a perfect example. They aren’t too stoner, they aren’t too slow, they just mix the best of different styles, with a result that pleases me a lot! Helhorse opens their album with a fantastic track called “Fuck Art, Let’s Kill” and the vocals of Mikkel Wad Larsen will appeal to a lot of people. He’s rough, but at the same time gentle, and he sounds exactly what I have in mind when people want to listen to great rock’n roll album with a rough edge.
“The Seams Of Life” opens with some keys from Aske Kristiansen, followed by a dragging rhythm section that drags this song into a very interesting arrangement. Every musician is present all the time, but in a modest and subdued way. After this kind of resting moment, all hell breaks loose with the track ‘The Carnal Rage’ where the original stoner influences disappeared totally. ‘Red Eye’ opens with Soren Nybo Hansen his bass, to splash into another highlight, including rough vocals. Great songs so far, and variety is present all the time, which makes “Oh Death” as a very interesting release. ‘Climb Through Fire’ is again totally diverse, and the vocals are different again, with a chorus line that lingers on throughout the track. Outstanding is the perfect word for this track. Next to come is ‘Kill Your Self’ and as indicated it’s going to be an up-tempo track.
This whole album is a true revelation and I would suggest to give this band a moment of your time! If you are into bands like Pantera, Down, Monster Magnet, and why not: Black Label Society, this might be your next surprise! Skip to track 9 “Death Comes To The Sleeping” and see for yourself if this masterpiece appeals to you! Helhorse is a name to remember, as they have the quality and skills to bring their music outside Denmark in really short time. This concept album is celebrating death as purification, freedom and a developing factor for human kind, and I just love this black beauty called Helhorse. https://www.facebook.com/Helhorse / http://www.mightymusic.dk/
My rating: 88 / 100
95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !
Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan
Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it
Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing
Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate
Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard
50- : Rubbish