Hexx

Wrath Of The Reaper

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Release Date: 15th September 2017
Record Label: High Roller Records
Total Tracks: 11
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For me this new Hexx album came just out of the blue. Somewhere in 1986 during my weekly visit at the record store in the search for new metal albums, I saw an album of the band Hexx. For the biggest part because of the splendid and beautiful artwork of Under the Spell. Probably together with Fates Warning’s Awaken the Guardian one of the nicest blue covers. Back in the eighties it was a real feast to search for new stuff. Music was special and not downloadable and almost no radio station had a program with metal music. Before deciding buying the stuff, the salesman put on the lp so you could listen to it first. I still remember I was convinced after the first few tunes and I immediately liked the raw singing style of Dan Bryant. Many years later, I bought their first album No Escape on cd, but also due to the less heavy sound and the vocals of Manzo I didn’t like that one as much. The same I had with the follow up of Under The Spell released in 1991, called Morbid Reality. On that album the music had changed from U.S. (speed) power metal into more technical thrash/death metal with growling vocals. Not that the music on that album is bad, but it was just not what I expected from the band Hexx. After that it became quiet and the band stopped. So when I saw a new album of them, I was very curious about the style of music, is it thrash/death or have they returned to their earlier style?

Well, the music on this album reminds me of their early days, so what they serve is U.S. power metal with thrashy edges, but also with influences of 80’s British metal. With the second track ‘Screaming Sacrifice’ they convinced me that the band succeeded in making a real hammer. A mix of Judas Priest Painkiller era and early Metal Church tortures my ears. Singer Eddy Vega has the perfect singing style (a bit like David Wayne)  for music like this. A nice sand papered aggressive powerful singing style. ‘Slave In Hell’ continues fast and if you listen closely, the riff used sounds like a rough version of Led Zeppelin’s riff in ‘Immigrant Song’.  ‘Swimming the Witch reminds me of Metal Church The Dark period, a mid-tempo track with heavy riffs. The same can be said about ‘Voices’ which also has Metal Church and some Bay Area influences in Heathen style. Between those two tracks ‘Dark Void of Evil’ opens with a riff reminding me of Priest’s ‘A Touch of Evil’, and with’Unraveled’ the tempo speeds up again. The next tracks are all of the same high quality and with ‘Circle the Drain’ New Wave of British Heavy Metal influences are all over the place. The same can be said about the title track, where NWOBHM goes hand in hand with U.S. (speed) power metal.

For me this is the come-back album of the year! Fans of their first 2 records, Metal Church fans, but also fans of U.S. (speed) power metal or Judas Priest lovers should check this one out!

Tracklist:

01. Macabre Procession Of Specters (4:01)
02. Screaming Sacrifice (4:11)
03. Slave In Hell (5:35)
04. Swimming The Witch (5:43)
05. Dark Void Of Evil (4:32)
06. Unraveled (3:49)
07. Voices (4:10)
08. Exhumed For The Reaping (5:28)
09. Circle The Drain (5:20)
10. Wrath Of The Reaper (4:10)
11. Certificate Of Death (4:44) / CD-Bonustrack

Playing Time: 51:00
Line-Up:

Eddy Vega - vocals
Dan Watson - guitars
Bob Wright - guitars
Mike Horn - bass
John Shafer - drums

Reinier de Vries
About Reinier de Vries 188 Articles
Once a metal head, always a metalhead. My parents thought it would only be a period, but they were wrong. I quit to explain the beauty of metal music to others that are not into metal, because it is something you can't tell in words... It is like explaining to a teetotaller why a cold beer is so nice on a hot day... I started with bands like Accept, Metal Church, Iron Maiden and Metallica in the eighties and I think I will still listen to them when I'm stone deaf and old...

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