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Review: Hellscream - Hate Machine
Hate Machine

Label: Pure Steel Records
Year released: 2019
Duration: 48:49
Tracks: 12
Genre: Heavy/Power Metal


Review online: August 20, 2019
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
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Rated 3.75/5 (75%) (8 Votes)

Hellscream is the result of Dave "Conan" Garcia (Cage, The Three Tremors) and Norman Skinner (Imagika, Niviane, Skinner) teaming up to make the kind of US Heavy/Power Metal they're known for. Their debut, Made Immortal, made some waves when it was released in 2013, and six years later they're back with an album that's more or less the same quality.

If you've heard any of their other bands, you should know what you're getting here, and even if you didn't know this was their band, you'd probably figure it out after hearing Dave's shredding guitar work and Norman's first-rate singing. Cool riffs, killer solos, and catchy melodies that still have balls to them are what this kind of thing is all about, and Hellscream do it with a sense of ambition and passion that is sometimes lacking in the scene. "Oubliette" is a perfect example of what the genre can do at full power, but the rest of the album is good as well.

The one place I have to seriously dock points is the drums, which are very obviously a machine, and their artificial sound really clashes with how organic the rest of the album sounds. Outside of that, this is a fine album that holds no surprises for anyone familiar with the scene, but based on who's making it, that's hardly the point.

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