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Review: HOD - Cry and Piss Yourself
Cry and Piss Yourself

Year released: 2008
Duration: 17:00
Tracks: 3
Genre: Black/Thrash


Review online: April 14, 2008
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
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Rated 3.63/5 (72.5%) (8 Votes)

Cry and Piss Yourself is one of the first two releases on the new, all digital extreme metal label  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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