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Old Mother Hell: Old Mother Hell
Old Mother Hell 2018 Self-titled Debut CD Album Review

Old Mother Hell: Old Mother Hell

Heavy/Doom Metal
4.0/5.0

Rising from the ashes of a local thrash band, Old Mother Hell is a heavy metal power trio from Mannheim, Germany. Their self-titled six song debut album was entirely self-produced and arrived in the metal underground this past September. Now, having been signed to Italy's Cruz Del Sur Records, the band is getting some much needed international attention.

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Old Mother Hell

While Old Mother Hell definitely fits into the traditional heavy metal genre, there's also a notable doom metal element to their sound. Many of the songs start with typical doom metal slow pacing, yet also with thick riffage and a bellowing heavy rhythm section for an epic metal sound. But those things are quickly juxtaposed with briskness that near the quickness of power metal. Another Way, Mountain, and Howling Wolves are definitive of this pattern. Eventually, all things lead to vocalist and guitarist Bernd Wener ripping off some powerful solos. Putting these things in some context, Old Mother Hell reminds me of Sweden's Grand Magus, also a power trio, or perhaps a trimmed down Candlemass. If you like either of those bands, you will like Old Mother Hell's and their short six song debut album. Recommended.



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The Bottom Line

Old Mother Hell reminds me of Sweden's Grand Magus, also a power trio, or perhaps a trimmed down Candlemass. If you like either of those bands, you will like Old Mother Hell's and their short six song debut album. Recommended.

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