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Helgrind - Denial - 2005 --Chaoslord

Track Listing
1. Breaking The Day
2. Vengeance
3. Prophecy Of Destruction
4. The Blood Flow
5. Albert Fish
6. Shallow Grave
7. Black Mass
8. Saviour
9. Denial
Alright this London based band threw me for a loop. I must admit that it was my own assumption that did me in, but the loop I was thrown was a good one. Upon seeing the name of the band I figured this would be another grindcore band and another CD of monotonous riffs and guttural growls. Man was I wrong about this one. The CD starts out with a kick ass instrumental full of crunching, groove laden riffs. When the first song kicks in I am already hooked. Then the vocals come in and I am absolutely floored by how much this sounds like Tom Araya coming through the speakers at me. As the album progresses through songs like "Vengeance" and "The Blood Flow" the vocals go from a spectrum of voices ranging from Slayer to Motorhead to Mortician.

I swear that the third track on the album "Prophecy of Destruction" has Lemmy Kilmister himself singing but that isn't the case. Musically this album is really tight and sounds damn good. The riffs are headbanging friendly and the drums and bass fill in nicely to bring it all together. The guitars sound like most from a Slayer album without some of the speed and ferociousness present that Slayer pulls off. The most interesting song on the album is the song "Albert Fish" about the real life cannibal of the same name. The song content is just what I would have expected on a grindcore album so I feel a little redeemed with that song. But this album really surprised me with its content and the music. The only complaint I have with the album is with the length of the songs. Most of them are 2 to 2:40 in length and just leaves me wanting more. While that may be what the band was going for, I still wish the songs were just a little longer to satisfy my craving. If you can track this CD down give it a listen I think you will be pleasantly surprised.


--Chaoslord 02.10.05
About this Writer:
Greg Watson // Greg Watson has been hooked on the loud and heavy sounds since the summer of 1994 when he first heard the opening notes of "Operation: Mindcrime" by Queensryche. Since then his tastes have expanded and grown like the ever evolving heavy metal tree of genres. He has been an active member of Maximum Metal off and on for 10 years. In his spare time, Greg enjoys deciding the fate of his loyal subjects in the realm of Skyrim and secretly playing air keyboard to "Separate Ways" by Journey when no one is watching. He currently resides in Roanoke, VA with his wife and his metal wannabe beagle.

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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