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Hades
If At First You Don`t Succeed
February 2000
Released: 1998, n/a
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: EvilG

Thanks to recently hooking up with Hades guitarist Dan Lorenzo online I was given the opportunity to learn more about this band and to thereby share this with all of you. Hades, for me, have been one of those bands that you have heard about but haven't heard - well until now and it's about time!! I'm sure there are many who need no introduction to Hades - but for those that do here's some brief background info on the band. Hades' first introduction to the world was in 1984 with their appearance on the Metal Blade Metal Massacre 6 compilation. The band then went on to release two critically acclaimed records "Resisting Success", and "If At First You Don't Succeed." Unfortunately the band broke up after finishing their first European tour in the summer of 1989. In 1992 the band re-united for a brief moment to record a live CD entitled "Live On Location." The band then got together and recorded "Exist to Resist" in 1995 and in 1998 they put out some un-released demos entitled "The Lost Fox Studio Sessions." During the downtime some of the members continued on in such bands as Non Fiction and Watchtower. After things were worked out between members the band released a concept album 1999 entitled "Savior Self." The band are now back on Metal Blade and have a new CD coming out later this month called "The Downside."



Upon listening to "If At First You Don't Succeed" it's not hard to tell this was from the 80's thrash / speed metal period. As soon as the first track picked up I was grinning ear to ear. Classic THRASH! My second reaction was to double check the band members to make sure that Joey Belladonna wasn't the vocalist cause this guy is a dead ringer for Joey!! I'm sure Anthrax must of played some part in the development of his vocal style and to some degree to the bands musical style. Other bands that come to mind when listening to this CD are classic Slayer and Overkill.



Let's hope that their soon to be released CD "The Downside" can continue on in this vein of thrash without losing the energy and aggression of their early releases.
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