3/9/2005 - Review by: Frank Hill
Hellfueled - Volume 1 - Black Lodge Records - 2004
Why talk about Ozzy so much in a Hellfueled review--because they sound just like him. It's no big shock that lead singer Andy and guitarist Jocke site Ozzy as a musical influence and favorite. When you hear Andy say "alll-right" or even sing the word "insane", you'd think some miracle man restored Ozzy back to his old vigorous self. As derivative as they sound, though, they blow the doors off of anything Ozzy is putting out now. In fact, you could say that they're as fun to listen to as he was in his prime.
The guitar work of "Volume 1" jumps right out and attacks you with all of (most of) the power and trills that Zakk is know for and drummer Kent adds plenty of cymbal crash to the rhythm section to lend it that exciting hard rock feel. Producer Fredrik Nordström (Arch Enemy, Dimmu Borgir, The Haunted, In Flames, Hammerfall) gave this one a crisp sound with lot’s of guitars tearing it up with at least 8 songs better than anything on the radio now.
What's missing to put it over the top is some of the song innovation you'd find in Ozzy ("No More Tears"), ballad change-ups ("Mama, I'm Coming Home") and the lyrics are fairly simplistic hard rock (Let me out/Let me fly around the fields/I don't give a damn/If I smell like gasoline) with none of the Sabbathy weighty subject matter about war and the occult or even the ironic/sarcastic deliveries that Ozzy is known for ("Thank God For The Bomb", "Mr. Crowley"). Hellfueled is more a fun record, best turned up to feel good.
Bottom Line: This CD will knock your ass off while you're watching Ozzy for the laughs.
Top Tracks: Let Me out, Midnight Lady, Second Deal, Eternal, Mindbreaker, Live My Life, Break Free
Score: 8.5 of 10
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