Living Hell - The Lost And The Damned
Let me start off on the right foot here, as its not often I review hardcore. Living Hell has an enormous amount of talent, and raw power. Even though I wouldnt consider myself an avid fan of hardcore, and I believe my co-hort Kevin Sellers may have been a better set of critical ears for this review, I think my under-exposed mind may in fact benefit this album review.
First and foremost, here's a shocker, another rip-roaring barely known talent picked ripe from the fine state of Massachusetts. Not overbearing in length, most songs come in under three minutes a piece. Jam-packed with quality riffs and phenomenal drum patterns, The Lost and The Damned features songs like the blitzing track Condemned. More pleasant for my own interest in the bridges, and leads. Another short stack, Drawn To Chaos begins with a loose bass-line, and is anchored by lead vocalist Craig Mack's strong pipes. The one track over three minutes is the closer, King Of Kings, which has steep paths of Aggro-Rock, 80's Garage-Metal solo's and a Punk vibe written throughout. Listen to the rest of the CD first, and you can only imagine how much effort and writing went into nearly nine minutes of one song.
Overall, each song has a fulfilling set of bone-jarring instrumental stability. Worthy of your curious ear. Click over to their myspace, you may not be disappointed, even if you're not a fan of hardcore.
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