Thursday 21 November 2013

Hell - The Age of Nefarious EP (Review)

HELL - The Age Of Nefarious (EP)

Album Type : EP
Date Released : 25.10.2013
Label :  Nuclear Blast

The Age of Nefarious, track listing :

1. The Age Of Nefarious Download Master 3:48
2. On Earth As It Is In Hell (Live) 4:52
3. Blasphemy And The Master (Live) 7:17
4. The Oppressors (Live) 5:58

Bio :

Revived British Occult Metal Legend HELL has unveiled the first details about the new single from their upcoming new record »Curse And Chapter«, called ‘The Age Of Nefarious’. The bands current incarnation with Andy Sneap (guitar) and David Bower (vocals) joining original members Kev Bower (guitar and keys), Tony Speakman (bass) and Tim Bowler (drums) will publish the follow-up to its highly acclaimed debut »Human Remains« (2011) on November 22nd 2013 via Nuclear Blast.

‘The Age Of Nefarious’ will be released October 25, 2013. Coming as a 10” Vinyl in several colored versions, it will include the single track plus three live songs recorded at the Bloodstock Festival, 2013.

The Band :

David Bower | Vocals
Kev Bower | Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Andy Sneap |  Guitar
Tony Speakman |  Bass
Tim Bowler |  Drums

Review :

2013 has been a good year for metal. Plenty of good albums, tours and festivals have made the year excellent. To make 2013 that little but better. Hell are back!

This EP contains one new track, The Age of Nefarious; and three live tracks recorded earlier this year.

The lead track serves as a taster for the new album which is due around the end of the month. As you would expect, if you are aware of Hell, it contains razor sharp riffs, soaring blasphemous vocals and catchy choruses. The track is multi layered which allows for some subtle use of synth to help the pace of the track along. If the rest of the album is as good as this then be excited. The whole track rocks hard and you'll find it hard not to pick up the air guitar.

The live tracks showcase some highlights of the bands debut; Human Remains. Containing On Earth As It Is In Hell, Blasphemy And The Master and The Oppressors, the songs show what a tight, clean and clinical live act the band are. Another great thing about the live tracks is that they also show the bands penchant for the theatrical side of their show. Blasphemy And The Master's opening salvo of spoken word is eerie and sets the tone for the whole track. The Oppressors is a crushing affair with the drums being pounded hard with the menacing vocals sounding utterly fiendish.

It's great to have Hell back. After their slot on the Metal Hammer Defenders of the Faith jaunt, here's hoping for some headline dates complete with a ridiculously fun live show to boot with the new album.

Words by : Dominic Walsh

You can buy it here
And don’t miss HELL on tour this fall along with label- and countrymates CARCASS and Swedish Death institution AMON AMARTH, invading Europe on the following dates:

07.11. D Oberhausen – Turbinen Halle
08.11. NL Tilburg – O13
09.11. D Osnabrück – Hyde Park
10.11. B Brussels – AB Hall
12.11. UK Birmingham - Academy
13.11. UK Manchester - Academy
14.11. UK Glasgow - Barrowlands
15.11. UK Bristol - Academy
17.11. UK London - Forum
18.11. F Paris – Olympia
19.11. D Ludwigsburg – Arena
20.11. D Wiesbaden – Schlachthof
22.11. CH Zürich – Komplex
23.11. D München – Kesselhaus
24.11. I Trezzo Sull'Adda (Milano) – Live Club
27.11. D Berlin – Columbiahalle
28.11. D Leipzig – Haus Auensee
29.11. D Hamburg – Docks
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