Released: Feb , Metal Blade Records
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
Gehennah have returned with their fourth album (and Metal Blade Records full-length debut) Too Loud to Live, Too Drunk to Die! This will happen to be their first full-length album since 1997’s Decibel Rebel. The big question is, is it still going to be the same themes and rebellious attitude from before or would there be a change in direction?
Right away, it’s good to know that three of the four members are still rocking out with the band from before. The only change is in bass with Charley Knuckleduster stepping in.
The music itself is about as grungy and dirty as you can get. For those that need their music to be about alcohol, fist fights, bashing poseurs and anything metal, you will be happy to know that it’s all here in this album.
Taking their influences of Venom, early Bathory and Motorhead, the band plays fast and loud and there isn’t any other way to do it for them. I wouldn’t be surprised if they even had some influence from early Grave Digger as well, as the vocals reminded me of Chris Boltendahl’s. This could also have to do with their black metal influences (Bathory being the best example).
In fact, that’s all I heard throughout the album; drinking anthems, tough guy mentality and rough vocals throughout a fast paced album. For 2016, it doesn’t exactly have a place in music, but with the mentality of 20 (or even 30) years ago, it’s a fun album to listen to. There is an audience for this kind of music and there are those who like their music fast and loud and this would be the album more suited for those people.
Myself I didn’t find a whole lot to pick out, whether good or bad. The short length of the album and tracks plays into their strengths and doesn’t allow the gimmick to be tired out. Although it doesn’t have me excited to go back to any of their material as I feel it would be similar.
It is, however, good to see a band like this still go out there and do what they do best and not be terrible at their own style.