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Released: 2013, Punishment 18
Reviewer: Ilias Pap (Greece)
With Metallica saying goodbye to the thrash metal scene, Megadeth’s being on the wrong side of 50, and the overall health of each band member of Slayer slowly deteriorating Thrash Metal as a genre needs a powerful band to rise up and take the throne. Danish Hell’s Domain is a suitable candidate. Of course there are a lot of candidates for that throne such as Evile, Havok, Warbringer, Suicidal Angels, Savage Messiah etc.
HELL’S DOMAIN, the eponymously debut album, is an album that you want to have just to prove you are a true thrash metal fan; it’s THAT important. There isn’t a bad song to be found on here. There are songs that will make you want to start a mosh pit (‘100 Days in Hell’, ‘Dead Civilization’) while there are others that have the potential to be played proudly at sporting events (‘The Needle and the Vein’, it is a song that deserves enough attention) and make you bang your head happily along. The highlights of this album are surely songs like ‘In the Trenches’.
Not only that song, but also the entire album’s got some essential elements to be successful; a voice sounding like Joey Belladona and at parts howls like Rob Halford, sharp guitarring like Exodus’ Gary Holt plays, a special number of Slayer-istic leads and solos and a pounding drumming similar to Dave Lombardo’s one.
I have to say that the bonus track of the album ‘Sneaking Disease’ brought in my mind a lot another Danish band, Crionic. Overall, Hell’s Domain may be the next big thing in thrash metal map. Surely they have to prove that they are not another tribute band like others. I am sure they have a lot to do and much more to offer. If this is only their first album, I can’t wait to see what’s coming next.
1. 100 Days in Hell
2. The Needle and the Vein
3. In The Trenches
4. Order #227
5. The Walls Come Tumblin’ Down
6. Crawling in the Shadows
7. Dead Civilization
8. Hangman’s Fracture
9. As Good As Dead
10. A Good Day to Die
11. Sneaking Disease (Bonus track)
Alex Clausen - Vocals
Anders Gyldenøhr - Drums
Lars Knudsen - Bass
Andreas Schubert - Guitar
Bjørn Bihlet - Guitar
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