HADEA - FABRIC OF INTENTION (Mighty Music)

 

                                    (Review by Sloof)

From the East coast of the US comes Hadea, a band that was formed in 2013 (!) in the Wilmington area, North Carolina.  All present members played in the band Gollum before, so we can say that Hadea is a logical continuation, but they decided to change their name after a tragic  moment in their career. Drummer Hunter Holland unexpectedly passed away, and this loss of band mate and longtime friend, resulted in a reincarnation named Hadea.

 

Hadea takes its name after the Hadean Period in geological history, where the earth was taking shape in our solar system, and just like the name implies, this band is also about to take shape and leave its mark on the universe.  First step to complete this task is the release of a wrecking ball, named ‘Fabric Of Intention’, which fuses the band’ trademark of groove Metal with a newfound experimentation on musical genres in 10 songs that all together mount up to an album with an unique soundscape. Although, that’s what the record label is telling us about this new band’ debut release.  Guitar player Frank Stroehmer mixed and Jamie King (Between The Buried And Me) mastered this debut and Mighty Music from Denmark signed the band to give them a worldwide release, starting January 27th, 2014.

 

A thundering bass of Serge Stroehmer opens the track ‘Hinge’, followed by commanding vocals of Shawn Corbett.  This track has a very industrial approach and is the perfect introduction of what is going to happen the next 50 minutes. The title track is a little moderate, while the vocals fit better to the arrangement. At some moments, there are similarities with Manticora’s Lars, albeit sporadic and occasionally, while ‘One Guarantee’ flirts with Pantera. Some songs don’t have the skills to keep the attention running, and that’s a pity as the best song of this album is the final track ‘Larva To Chrysalis’. Both brothers Frank and Serge Stroehmer (Guitars and Bass) deliver the best they can, and drummer Seth Long is hitting hard, but the most variety comes from vocalist Shawn Corbett, and it’s a hopeless task to save the song from ruination. 

 

There are great parts on this album, and fans of Mastodon, Lamb Of God Tool and the experimental era of VoiVod might be elated with this release, but I’m missing a few real highlights, as this album is too flat and contains only a few interesting peaks.

 

My rating: 77 / 100

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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