Fed up with stagnation? Then these ex members
of Furbowl, Devourment(S) and Arch Enemy can give you a refreshing with
their crazy and heavy songs, and what is good is that they don't sound
as if they wanted to be original at any cost. Hearse's strength is in
guitarist Mattias Ljung, who hadn't played metal licks and tricks for
several years, which was a great advantage if compared to many who swamped
in metal cliches these last years.
The opening is appointed to the title track, containing
whispered voices and some classic metal riffs and then brutal vocals
too. It'd be a great song if it didn't end in such a repetitive way,
but let's not think about it too much and arrive at "Torch",
taken from the 7", including an irresistible riff and coarse vocals;
, not death and roll here, though brutal punk rock, the way we like
it. A piano and a last Faith No More flavour open and close "Cosmic
Daughter", stunningly supported by black vocals; here the riffs
and licks are excellently chiselled before the guitar solo. Vicious
effected vocals are instead in "Contemplation", some
are death and there's a great fantasy once again when an unexpected
riff is thrust in the middle of a hard rock riffing, a bit in the vein
of Arche Enemy. Majestci and destructive are the moments in "Rapture
in Twilight"; not many may have noticed some background uncasual
noises in the guitar solo.
"Well of Youth": classic metal riffs on vulgar vocals
again, followed by the heavy "Abandoned", featuring
a few questionable weird inserts. This should make you realize how it's
difficult to define a band like Hearse, even if the songs are not complicated;
the innovation resides in a lot of cool ideas on a strong base, for
example "End of Days", ending with a torrential g.solo.
The only intermezzo is represented by the obscure "So Vague",
actually an outro, but we have 2 songs more, 2 bonuses which also appear
on the digipack and the Lp version: "The Unkwnown",
which stands out thanks to an oriental melodic break and "Avalon",
the other song of the single is my favourite: fast, dynamic, including
some death vocals, some old school accelerations, power metal riffs
and even a fragment of dark prog!
Needless to say this is a surprising debut where the guitar and ex-Arch
Enemy's singer have the biggest parts; if they can become more solid
and avoid a few mistakes, like some bad choices of inserts, experimentations
and work on the details of their songs more, they can really achieve
a big commercial and critics' success.
MARKUS GANZHERRLICH - 30/05/03