Hades – S/T

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Reviewed: October 2010
Released: 2010, Stormspell Records
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: Luxi Lahtinen

Eastern Europe is full of interesting, yet undiscovered metal bands, just like this Bulgarian Hades proves it so loud and clear. The band was formed in 1986 and during the 2 years when they existed, they released material worthy of an album.

Again, it´s great to get this kind of obscure material exposed to the daylight coz the chances are that many of us would have never gotten the chance to hear them otherwise. Now there´s a good opportunity to become more familiar with this highly talented Bulgarian power/speed/thrash metal act that also ain´t afraid to make visits to the neo-classical metal genre from time to time. Pretty damn enjoyable stuff here all in all, I must admit.

Vocalist Pavlin Nejchev sings in his native language Bulgarian which makes things a little bit more special for listeners. He unfortunately ain´t that gifted a guy as a vocalist, but I still think he does a somewhat decent job on this recording – even hitting those high registers momentarily. The most impressive thing about this album, however, it´s loaded a huge amount of very skilful and technical execution of the songs; especially guitarist Konstantin Jambazov shows up to be quite a guitar virtuoso – not paling in comparisons to many known guitar icons of the whole metal world. He´s amazing at doing everything from an aggressive shredding style to more neo-classical stylings. Everything seems to sound very easy for him, no matter if he should switch from one style to another faster than a lightning strike.

As my last comment I have to say I cannot stop wondering about Stormspell Records´ sharp sense to find all these obscure gems from the past times, and get them released in such a professional way. In my honest opinion getting this Bulgarian Hades´ material released on CD format is just another proof of their high profile efforts to make the label one of the most important and valuable independent metal labels around these days. If Stormspell Records continues to kick ass by putting constantly all this rare stuff out, so does Hades through this release. This is thoroughly a very enjoyable compilation of the old Hades songs, so don´t hesitate to sink your teeth into this when you may get this release close to your radar.


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Track Listing:
01. Hades
02. Let the Day Be
03. Heavy Chains
04. Crusaders
05. Fireborn
06. Heaven and Hell
07. Dark Alleys
08. Lines Inscribed upon a Cup Formed from a Skull
09. Hero
10. Party with the Devil (a Tale of Honour)
11. Vampires
12. Stardust
13. Inspiration*

* bonus track

Pavlin Nejchev – Vocals
Konstantin Jambazov – Guitar
Julian Kolev – Bass
Armenak Terterian – Drums