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Review: Hellcannon - Terminal

Label: Vile Records
Year released: 2014
Duration: 35:15
Tracks: 10
Genre: Thrash Metal


Review online: January 23, 2015
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
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Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (10 Votes)

Hellcannon, from Buffalo, NY, just completed their first European tour, which spread the band's name to European fans who attended their shows.

Hellcannon also produced a brand-new item for this European tour; a 5-track EP titled Terminal, which includes the band's 2009 Raiders of the Waste demo as bonus. Terminal continues in the vein of uncompromisingly brutal Thrash begun on the debut Infected with Violence. All five songs rage around like an enraged bull seeking red. Guitarist Jim Nickles (ex-Malevolent Creation, ex-Vile Vindiction) has replaced Kevin Gramza on second guitar and also plays bass on four of the five songs on this EP. A song called "Lost Cause" gives us a reason to think there's some love directed in Slayer's direction from the Hellcannon camp. Also, both the title track "The Wasteland Remains" are the kind of brutal-sounding Thrash numbers that it are meant to rip off a listener's face immediately. In addition, some of the heaviness in Hellcannon's sound, especially the guitars, can be compared to Floridian Death Metal veterans Massacre.

As for the bonus tracks, it's very cool to hear their Raiders of the Waste demo in its entirety. Even back in the day Hellcannon had a brutal, raw Thrash sound incorporated into their songs, something they have maintained and refined over the years.

The Terminal EP makes a great promise for their follow-up album, The Wasteland Remains, which is expected in the first half of 2015. Support!

More about Hellcannon...
Review: Return to the Wasteland (reviewed by Luxi Lahtinen)
Interview with guitarist Jim Nickles on October 9, 2014 (Interviewed by Luxi Lahtinen)
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