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Review: Hellcrawler - Wastelands

Label: Hollow Earth Records
Year released: 2011
Duration: 30:14
Tracks: 10
Genre: Death/Thrash


Review online: June 23, 2014
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
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Rated 3.43/5 (68.57%) (7 Votes)

What would it sound like if Venom, Order From Chaos and Disfear were put in a blender together with some well-chosen Hardcore/Crust albums? Perhaps Slovenia's Hellcrawler has the punky, raw, filthy and repulsive answer.

Wastelands is the name of Hellcrawler's debut album, released on the small label Hollow Earth Records in 2011. As a debut, the album offers a lot of entertainment throughout its 30-minute duration. This is crusty, dark, vicious, down-tuned and sweaty Metal from start to finish. Using not much more than 2-3 stripped down chords, Hellcrawler rocks like a devastating hurricane on Wastelands, keeping things simple and straightforward.

It's been quite a while since I have heard anything like Hellcrawler; a band that ignores all current and prevailing Metal trends. Listening to them is a refreshing experience indeed. There should always be some space for well-done, Crust-infested Death 'n' Roll in everyone's music collection. Hellcrawler's Wastelands might be the perfect candidate to fill that empty spot in your music library.

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