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Review: HeXeN - Being and Nothingness
Being and Nothingness

Label: Pulverised Records
Year released: 2012
Duration: 53:06
Tracks: 9
Genre: Thrash Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: September 16, 2012
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating
Being and Nothingness

Rated 4.33/5 (86.67%) (12 Votes)

When I first started playing Hexen's second album, Being and Nothingness, I pegged it for just another Thrash album with harsh vocals. The album is full of sharp, aggressive riffing, death growls and precision drumming; the same kind of stuff pioneered by the likes of Kreator and Testament and carried on by hundreds, if not thousands, of other bands. Songs like "Grave New World" and "Private Hell" come on strong and don't let up. Hexen's lyrics deal with the same social and personal topics Thrash Metal has championed for decades. The playing is excellent but the songwriting is generic. That is, until you move toward the end of the album, where Hexen has obviously saved the best for last. "Indefinite Archetype" starts with a moody bass line that segues into a slow, groovy riff before guitarists Ronny Dorian and Artak Tavaratsyan, rather reserved until this point, unleash a killer solo. Next up, "The Nescient," again showcases the guitars, with an extended dueling solo at the end. Being and Nothingness wraps up with the 14:44 epic "Nocturne." Hexen pull out all the stops and makes this a roller coaster of faster and slower parts, almost Maiden-esque in its construction.

If the songwriting of the whole album matched that of the last three songs, I would be calling Being and Nothingness a Thrash album for the ages. It isn't, but even with many of the songs lacking in originality, it is still a strong album and well worth checking out.

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