I almost missed this one! What the 'hell' was I thinking? Those great Japanese samurai of heavy metal, Hellhound, are back with another fun-filled, over-the-top (right down to the album cover), metallic assault of of traditional heavy metal with 'Metal Fire From Hell.' 2006's 'Tokyo Flying V Massacre' was more fun than seeing Manowar gobble a bottle of steroids and perform in leather from Frederick's of Hollywood. This year's 'Metal Fire From Hell' is just as pleasing, but also slightly disappointing. The boys only use the word 'metal' 4 out of 8 songs; that's only fifty percent. TFVM had 6 out of 10! (Count how many times I can use the word metal in this review.)
Equally disappointing is the fact that there are only eight songs on 'Metal Fire From Hell,' and some are rather short. However, with the exception of misnamed 'Too Wild To Tame,' an average piece bordering on generic power metal, all the songs are ripping good fun: quick, melodic and full of massive and invigorating guitar solos. My personal headbanging metal favorites are 'Heavy Metal Highway' where the pace lives up to the title, 'Change The World' delivers classic NWOBHM with, can it be, a 'message,' and the best track, 'Warriors Of Rising Sun,' a tour-de-force of epic heavy metal.
Hellhound delivers the classic heavy metal we know and love on the metalriffic 'Metal Fire From Hell.' Part deja vu, but a complete headbanger's delight. Great, fun stuff.