|Review: HOD - Cry and Piss Yourself|
|Cry and Piss Yourself|
Year released: 2008
Review online: April 14, 2008
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
for:Cry and Piss Yourself
Rated 2.75/5 (55%) (4 Votes)
Cry and Piss Yourself is one of the first two releases on the new, all digital extreme metal label Metalhit.com. Hailing from Texas, HOD present a mix of Black/Thrash and Death Metal elements. The vocals are akin to those on later Darkthrone albums, albeit slightly deeper - I guess the best approximation I can come up with is a mix of both late Darkthrone and The Chasm. Musically there are no surprises here, as the band operates in a very prolific genre. The music is mostly mid-paced - on the faster side of "mid" - and occasionally speeds up a little, but not too much. The drums are probably the most Death Metal-ish element here, the clickety and blast beats sounding like most DM bands out there. The thrashier moments are most interesting, combining a Black Metal-style dark intro and then the thrashing guitar work taking over. The three songs showcased here all share a little Slayer-esque "haunting" aura, giving this an omnipresent evil-sounding atmosphere reminiscent of the atmosphere found in some of Slayer's pre-Reign in Blood material.
The band members come from such outfits as Thornspawn and Necrovore, plus a few more I have never heard of myself, so HOD didn't come out of nowhere. 17 minutes is a bit short to judge, but Cry and Piss Yourself, while lacking in originality (this is not exactly a genre with a lot of room for innovation anyway), does have its share of headbanging moments, and that coupled with heavy compositions and the effective dark, crushing atmosphere make this release "repeat button-worthy".
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