Thursday, May 4, 2017

ALL HELL - The Grave Alchemist review

ALL HELL - The Grave Alchemist

Prosthetic Records

The tag line for this band is blackened thrash but I wouldn't really hold em to that since they are far more. ALL HELL hails from Asheville, North Carolina, basically west of where I reside in the state. I won't go into what I think of Asheville but I first learned about this three piece act in 2016 with their The Red Sect CD which came out in the fall of 2015. This latest release, The Grave Alchemist, is their third full length and a great step forward from The Red Sect. On here they've expanded their blackened palete.

ALL HELL are not blackened thrash in the traditional way like DESTRUCTION, SABBAT or AURA NOIR. Their sound is somewhere between early SKELETONWITCH, MIDNIGHT (especially on "Vampiric Lust") and HOT GRAVES. They lean more to the punk side. That's for the most part but then they'll drop down into some SATYRICON worship on "I Am The Mist" or BATHORY influence on "The Castle". So if you are familiar with their previous work then you'll appreciate how they have expanded their sound.

Obviously one of the things I like about this band, other than the compositions, is guitarist Jacob Curwen's vocals. He's got that viper rasp going for most of this but once in a while he'll toss in a gutteral growl. You need that for this style of extreme. This is a concept album by the way with Gothic overtones minus the goth aspect. All in all this is a great release now hopefully I can get out to see em when they play locally.

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