With their fourth release Emission of Sins Swedish band Hellfueled picks up were the left off on 2007's Memories In Black. Everything that I wrote about them back then (you can read it here), can be said once again. Hellfueled brings heavier a hard rock and heavy metal with strong vocals and vocal arrangements, crisp guitar work, and a blistering rhythm. When you got a good thing going, why stop? Incredibly, even with this heavier motif, Hellfueled has always developed a clear melodic sensibility; it's prevalent throughout, yet noteworthy on Where Angels Die, I'm the Crucifix, and A Remission of My Sins. Yet, some songs seem simply raucous without purpose like Am I Blind or Save Me. Some of this may come from the fact one difference in this album over the previous work. It seems that Hellfueled is pushing more towards American-style modern hard rock with this disc. There are curious patches of injected special effects, mostly vocals, and modern rock screaming. I'm not convinced that this direction is a good thing, a least not after two or three spins.
Nevertheless, Hellfueled proves, once again, on Emission of Sins that they have a solid formula in place: they're delivering heavier hard rock nearing heavy metal yet with a vibrant melodic vibe and a modern rock sensibility. Even consistency can be a good thing. Recommended.
Hellfueled proves, once again, on Emission of Sins that they have a solid formula in place: they're delivering heavier hard rock nearing heavy metal yet with a vibrant melodic vibe and a modern rock sensibility. Even consistency can be a good thing.
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