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Devil Lee Rot - At Hell's Deep - 2005 - Iron Fist Productions

Track Listing
1. The Battle/At Hell's Deep
2. Man Made Of Steel
3. Prepare For War
4. Danger In The Dark
5. Heaven Will Pay
6. Blade In The Night
7. Future Invaders
8. Devil Lust
9. Metal Avengers
10. Fistful Of Fury
Break out your backpatches and shake off that old denim, Devil Lee Rot gallops into town carrying that old traditional spirit, a rip roar venture back to the 80s with "At Hell's Deep" (obviously a take on Attacker's "Battle At Helm's Deep"). This nostalgic trip is made from the classic metal sounds, a thrash attack calling on glorious bands like Kreater, Sodom, Bathory, Venom, and Exciter in an attempt to capture the magic twenty years later. Does it work? Aahh, that is indeed the question Mr. Denimandleather.

"At Hell's Deep" marks the group's third record to date, the others being "A Little Devil Ain't Enough" and "Hellscraper". Many call this band the The New Wave Of Swedish Blackend Heavy Metal. I can see that as the perfect description really, with most of "At Hell's Deep" picking up that new wave vibe put down by the likes of Priest, Maiden, and Saxon. With songs like "Blade In The Night" and "Danger In The Dark" you can easily view that early 80s aspect of the group. In fact this whole record would fit perfectly between those Mercyful Fate albums and "Stained Class". One problem though. The damn vocals!

Devil Lee Rot is actually the singer, and singing he certainly ain't. His voice is like a mixture of Bathory's Quorthon mixed with the rawest of black metal urges. It certainly isn't on the same immature league as Darkthrone and Dark Funeral but at the same time this certainly isn't Bob Mitchell (Attacker) on vocals. If this band had a quality singer then the sky is the limit. Unfortunately this voice just gets too old too fast.

Bottom Line - For fans of Wolf, Widow, and Wizzard.

---EC 08.26.05


About this Writer:
Eric Compton // Eric Compton lives in the most haunted city in the world, St. Augustine, Florida with his family and two yorkies. He has served as senior editor for MaximumMetal.com for nearly 10 years and is the author of the heavy metal book series--Denim & Letters. His reviews, interviews and social commentary has been featured on websites like Brave Words, Blabbermouth, Metal Temple, Metal Rules, Ultimate Metal, Metal Maniacs and Wikipedia.

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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