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Black Hawk: Destination Hell
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Black Hawk: Destination Hell

Traditional Heavy Metal
3.5/5.0

Ten years ago, Germany's Black Hawk were going Straight To Hell on their fifth studio album. Now, with their latest album the Teutonic metallers again find their Destination Hell. Did they not make it there the first time, or is this a return trip? Either way this year's Black Hawk is heading to Hades as a quartet.

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Once more, Black Hawk makes their trip to Gehenna via old school heavy metal, often infused with gallop of speed metal. Sharp roaring riffs ride over the gallop and groove of a pounding rhythm section, then later guitarist Wolfgang Tewes rips into some ambitious and rousing guitar solos. Meanwhile Udo Bethke delivers his traditional metal vocals, singing clean yet a little assertive throughout. The Black Hawk heavy metal formula is a simple and familiar one, and they execute it with skill. For something more akin to speed metal listen for Hate, Voices In The Dark, and the aptly titled Speed Ride. Otherwise more heavy and steady metal arrives with Masters Of Metal, Time, and the rather lumbering The Eyes Of The Beast (not my favorite song). With Smoking Guns, you'll catch a bit more rock groove from the rhythm section. A metal ballad comes with the steady, yet rising, Bleeding Heart, which also features Conny Bethke, but she's barely heard.

All in all, and once more, with Destination Hell Black Hawk delivers another consistent, yet predictable, album of classic, keep it true, heavy metal. Fans of the same should dig it.


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All in all, and once more, with Destination Hell Black Hawk delivers another consistent, yet predictable, album of classic, keep it true, heavy metal. Fans of the same should dig it.

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