Power of Metal.dk Review

The Devil Went Down to the Holy Land
Style: Modern Groove Metal
Release date: 25 November, 2013
Playing time: 46:00

Orphaned Land, Melechesh and Betzefer must be the three metal acts most known by metal fans outside Israel. The Danish connection on this album is that the mix and mastering took place in Aarhus under the professional eye of Tue Madsen.

This is their third album and does it bring them eternal success? Well, at first I have to say that Matan Cohen's guitar riffs sound very groovy and crunchy, but that is not only their strong, but also their weakest point. Dimebag Darrell has definitely been a big influence, but after a few songs I miss the variety. Certainly, the songs have a lot of groove, but after a while I loose my interest and it gets a bit too much of the same. Besides Pantera, bands like Soulfly and Sepultura have inspired the band also. The album sounds good, heavy and is in perfect balance, but I miss some excitement. Never am I hanging on the edge of my seat and also the vocals of Avital Tamir start to bore a bit after a while. If I have to choose a favorite song, it must be "Milk", in that song there is a certain death metal kind of part with different singing style.

I get a little bored after a while, but perhaps a lot of you will not have that problem and that's why, I can advice you to listen to them if you are into groovy modern thrash music.

01. Tropical
The Devil Went Down to the Holy Land
03. Killing the Fuss
Yuppie Six Feet Underground
The Medic
Suicide Hotline Pt. 1
11. Suicide Hotline Pt. 2
12. Cannibal
13. I Hate
14. Can You Hear Me Now?
Label: Steamhammer/SPV
Distribution: Playground Music (Scandinavia)
Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: 1 February, 2014
Website: www.betzefer.com