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Hellish Outcast
Stay of Excecution
Style: Grooving Death/Thrash/Metal
Release date: 20 October, 2014
Playing time: 49:00

Norwegian Hellish Outcast surprised me in 2012 with a good debut album ('Your God Will Bleed") although the music was not quite original (some Slayer influences). With the same members they have recorded this second album and I have to say that there are still some recognizable Slayer resemblances, but after "Partition of Lust" they sound a lot more original.

The voice of Thebon is still aggressive in Araya style, but with more variation. In the more atmospheric songs he uses a normal (not clean) singing style. The songs are a mix of thrash, death, black, hardcore and doom, you might even call it a bit progressive. The mix of very fast stuff with slower atmospheric groovy pieces make this a very variable and interesting album. In the song "Heresiarch" the riff reminds me of a Morgoth (Odium) song. I also get the idea that the first 5 songs or a bit more straight forward and that after that the songs get more progressive and atmospheric. One of the heaviest tracks is "Gods of Fear", which is a real black/death/thrash combined song sounding a bit like Cannibal Corpse. The contrast with the next morbid song "Leave" couldn't be bigger, one of the slowest tracks with Silje Wergeland (The Gathering) singing some parts. You almost think that it is a different band playing that song.

After that "Machines" is a heavier track, but with a lot of slower atmospheric pieces. The title track carries on in the same tempo and the hypnotizing chuggy riffs and dark atmosphere sometimes gives you the creeps. In "Morbid Attraction" the refrain sounds very hardcore influenced, after that the atmospheric dark song "Torment" continues on the same high level. After all this brutal stuff, the instrumental accoustic "The Wait" brings you the deserved resting point before you puss the repeat all button once again to experience the dark and heavy ride. And I can assure you that the album gets better spin after spin.

01. Partition of Lust
I Can No Longer See the Sun
Hunter Supreme
Gods of Fear
Stay of Execution
09. Morbid Attraction
10. Torment
11. The Wait
Label: Listenable Records
Distribution: Target (Denmark)
Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: 14 October, 2014
Website: www.facebook.com/hellishoutcast