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Review: Hellfire - Requiem For My Bride
Requiem For My Bride

Label: Sonic Age Records
Year released: 2005
Duration: 50:41
Tracks: 9
Genre: Heavy Metal


Review online: April 3, 2005
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
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Rated 3.33/5 (66.67%) (3 Votes)

Hellfire is a Polish band that plays a traditional form of heavy metal in a style strongly inspired by the 80s, but with a detectable more modern sound. If there's anything that stands out here, it's the vocals. The vocalist has a very powerful voice, very high-pitched and he has a pretty unique style that I'm afraid could be one of those case of acquired taste. I'm not sure if it's an accent thing (not being a native English speaker myself, I'm not too good at detecting accents in singers and it usually doesn't bother me much), but the vocals can be a bit annoying at times. Despite that, the way he sings on the album is usually well paired with the music, so that makes up for it to some extent. However I found the vocals are a bit too predominant and often completely overtake the music.

The atmosphere here is quite "energetic", a result of mid to fast-paced playing coupled with the powerful vocals. There are some songs that even have an horror-like atmosphere, not unlike something you'd expect from a King Diamond album. The guitar work is razor sharp and pretty raw most of the time, which gives even more teeth to the album, which already has a full set just from the set of lungs behind the microphone. Add to that some drumming that at times could move a building.

This is probably not an album that'll end up in your yearly top 10, but it's nonetheless worth checking out if you're into that kind of stuff. The overwhelming vocals could be a turn off for some people, however.

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