Power of Metal.dk Review

Curse & Chapter
Style: Heavy Metal
Release date: 22 November, 2013
Playing time: 59:49

In 1982 this band started, I was 13 years old and I hadn't even discovered the beautiful music called heavy metal. When in 2011 the band returned with 'Human Remains', I found out that there was a band called Hell in 1982 and that this was a return and not a new band. The band sounds very modern on that album and not being acquainted with their older songs, I wouldn't have known that it all were existing tracks re-recorded. Of course that is all the credit of producer Andy Sneap.

On this new album there are again a few songs out of the old box, but most of them are new written tracks. Kev Bower is responsible for the intro "Gehennae Incendiis", "The Age of Nefarious", "Darkhangel", "Something Wicked This Way Comes" and "A Vespertine Legacy". Other new songs are "End ov Days" and "Faith Will Fall" were both written by Andy.

The music on this new album is what all the Hell fans expect from the band. You can't say whether or not this album is better or worse than 'Human Remains'. Both are at the same level and I'm sure that after a few years there will be fans that like this one better and vise versa. Like the predecessor this "Curse & Chapter" will be on many end of the year lists, also on mine. The band still combines 80's metal with progressive elements in a unique way and because of the modern production of Andy they never sound old-fashioned. Iron Maiden meets Mercyful Fate and Judas Priest in a modern jacket. The vocals of David Bower are again magnificent and like many singers he has a kind of 'you love it or hate it' voice. He still sounds like a combination of  Rob Halford and King Diamond and I like it.

All Hell fans will be satisfied with an album like this.

01. Gehennae Incendiis
02. The Age of Nefarious
03. The Disposer Supreme
04. Darkhangel
05. Harbringers of Death
06. End Ov Days
07. Deathsquad
08. Something Wicked This Way Comes
09. Faith Will Fall
10. Land of the Living Dead
11. Deliver Us From Evil
12. A Vespertine Legacy
Label: Nuclear Blast
Distribution: Sony Music (Denmark)
Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: 20 November, 2013
Website: www.hell-metal-band.com