Back from the fires of Gehenna, seemingly unscorched and ready to set fire your speakers, England's Hell returns with their second effort Curse and Chapter. The path to their present circumstances has been a bit 'hellish' as well and you can read more about it in my review of their previous album Human Remains. Suffice to say that there are few bands today that are doing classic NWOBHM style metal with such skill and power as Hell.
Hell is like devious fusion of Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, and the epic, creepy, doom of Candlemass (without being doom metal). But the best thing is that they don't sound like any of these bands; they sound like Hell. I mean that in a good way, but you got that I'm sure. Essentially, Curse and Chapter is Human Remains Part Deux, and that also is not a bad thing.
According to guitarist Andy Sneap, who helped resurrect the band back in 2011, the album consist of both old and new material, much like the previous album. However, there's no indication of which songs are which. It doesn't really matter. It all sounds fresh whether you were there back in the day, like me, or here today discovering your father's old record collection. This is solid classic melodic, heavy, power metal with David Bower's soaring devilish vocals, a twin guitar blitz, of course, and a blistering rhythm section to keep it pummeling along. Hey, it's all good at nearly one hour of heavy metal awesomeness. Personal favorites: Something Wicked This Way Comes, End of Days, Death Squad (an instrumental), Land of the Living Dead, and the quite groovy and catchy The Age of Nefarious. Easily recommend to 'true' metal purists, and everyone else with good taste. Grin.
There are few bands today that are doing classic NWOBHM style metal with such skill and power as Hell. Curse and Chapter is another solid and strong effort.
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