This has to do with, although technically a lot happens in the songs, the brunt is not on pyrotechniques in either riffing or playing, but on melody. In this I have a slight preference for Hellamor, mostly because of the singing that is. Both bands guard their deep end as if it is the treasure of the universe. Only when that defence is up, are other sounds allowed to escape.
Hellamor and Red Stone Chapel are German bands that are around for close to two decades respectively more than a decade, but have not recorded many albums over those years. They do perform regularly together, at the time, and from there the idea rose do make a split record together and let the fans know that they are still around.
Hellamor kicks the album off with four songs, starting with the epic 'Fallen Saint'. This song caught me immediately. It is tremendously rock solid. The kind of song that knows no doubt. What you hear is what you get and don't even think about something else. The brute force takes everything over. Not being a true metal fan, I do hear influences ranging from Black Sabbath, AC/DC to Van Halen guitar shrieks. The other three songs fall into this category as well. The songs are so hard rocking, but I can't help totally liking them. 'I Can Hear It' is a song I may even like better than 'Fallen Saint'. Great accenting in the riffs giving the song even more pace.
The live songs show how capably Red Stone Chapel rocks on stage. A Lenny Kravitz like riff kicks off 'Genius Junction', before the lead guitars come in, gracing the song as much as Slash's Gibson Les Paul graced 'Always On The Run'. It goes to show how wide this band is able to reach for influences without losing the hardrocking basis that it dwells in.
Yes, this is a loud record, but there's no reason not to like it for one second.
Wout de Natris
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