Released: 2009, Self-released
Reviewer: Luxi Lahtinen
Finland´s extreme metallers Ghoul Patrol have approached us with a brand-new 4-track offering, titled HELLFIRE BLUES, which is the band´s 2nd demo in their recording catalog.
If I made a fair-sized comparison to their countrymen Rotten Sound when reviewing the band´s debut demo DEATH FUCKIN´ ROLL! last year, I think with their latest output, we can pretty much leave Rotten Sound´s name behind them for good. On HELLFIRE BLUES our extreme metal mongers have accomplished something more of their own musically that sets them apart from any straight comparisons to any bands really.
HELLFIRE BLUES showcases a blend of relatively technical death metal and grind that has been spiced with catchy melodies and even some simple and straight rock-ish riffs. The band has chosen a song titled “Nameless Grave” to open up the demo, and now – having been listening to their latest demo 5-6 times in a row, I can understand why it´s actually the opening track of the demo. It´s an all-mangling, full-speed-ahead grinding monster that rides roughshod over its listener indelibly, holding more a true hit potential inside it than Manowar as the world´s loudest band (long live the mighty sarcasm).
“Harvest” is also another monster of a song that leaves you gasping for air; a ridiculously heavy grinder that could challenge any heavyweight wrestler in the amount of unbridled testosterone that flows through this song. On the other hand, the last 2 songs on this demo, “Birthright to Be Murderous” and “Zombies Ate My Neighbors” aren´t too bad either, but don´t necessarily carry the same ´intention-to-kill´ potential in them like the first two songs on HELLFIRE BLUES in my honest opinion.
Not bad stuff, I would say. I guess it´s just a matter of time until some label notices the potentiality of them and snaps them up under their caring wings. In the mean time, by all means check out both demos from them if a well-executed combination of death metal and grind is what you are looking for.