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BOMBS OF HADES

BOMBS OF HADES
Chambers Of Abominations
(Blood Harvest Records)
33:35min

I had heard BOMBS OF HADES first EP, "Carnivores" some years ago. And I really enjoyed it. It was a nice 5 track EP full of that rotting stench of the early 90s Swedish Death Metal. But, as in tons of other Swedish bands, it fell through the cracks in terms of originality and detail. Well, let's move forward 2 years. BOMBS OF HADES releases their debut album "Chambers Of Abomination" via Blood Harvest Records. I may add, Rodrigo of Blood Harvest, definitively has an ear for the bands he signs. I can't remember one bad release from his label. Anyway, let's get back to the matter. Upon the first 15 seconds of the opener, 'Corpse Holocaust', I was telling myself "Oh no, they didn't change and now they sound like a DISMEMBER clone". Alas, was I wrong! After 4 minutes and 24 seconds of relentless bashing I was craving for more. The only likeness these guys have with DISMEMBER is the brutal buzzsaw guitar tone and their general mid-paced approach to Death Metal. So, yes, the band has evolved and is covering every detail to move away from all those oblivious clones. BOMBS OF HADES crafted one hell of an album, full of catchy riffs and head banging beats. Which should be no surprise, as their line-up includes Jonas Stalhammar (UTUMNO, GOD MACABRE and ABHOTH), Butch Ekman (ABHOTH) and Magnus Forsberg from TRIBULATION; 3 experienced individuals well trained in the arts of Metal. Now, production wise, this release sounds like it was recorded back in '91-'92. The excellent backbone provided by the drumming of Forsberg is only matched by the pounding bass work of Ekman and the fluent twin guitar attack, courtesy of P-O Söderback and Stalhammar. Last, but not least, Stalhammar's vocals are the perfect round up to 30 minutes of reeking stagnant death. Oh, and I almost forgot the excellent cover of MASTER's 'Mangled Dehumanization' (which only appears on the CD edition - Frank). A great way to end the album. If you are looking for inventive or innovative Metal, you won't find it here. But if you are a fan of Death Metal, you need "Chambers Of Abominations" in your collection. Period. Contact the band and / or the label here: www.facebook.com/bombsofhades, www.bloodharvest.se

Alfonso Perez

More BOMBS OF HADES reviews:
Atomic Temples - by Marc Lehmann
Carnivores - by Thomas Ehrmann
Carnivores - by Julián “Coffin” Núńez
Chambers Of Abominations - by Thomas Ehrmann
Into The Eternal Pit Of Fire - by Hacker
The Serpent's Redemption - by Marc Lehmann
Through The Dark Past - by Anders Peter Jřrgensen

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