A Hill To Die Upon

Album Title: 
Holy Despair
Release Date: 
Friday, July 4, 2014
Review Type: 

A HILL TO DIE UPON,  describe  themselves as a  blackened deathmetal band, I can add to that that they are a Christian Blackened deathmetal band, and even in today’s scene that’s still a rather the exception to the rule. Holy despair is the third album by this US outfit, and let it be clear that  from the first notes from opener  “Cloven hoofs hava nagila“ up to and including closer “Satan speaks”, these guy’s  prove that they score above average  where the quality of songs and sound production is concerned (protools and drum triggers no doubt but still…) . Personally I am not that impressed with the faster tracks ( blastbeats) on Holy despair,  as this  tends to take away the power of the actual riffs going on in the background.. “a jester…” to name one  proves this. I  do appreciate those tracks where the  band slows things down a  bit and opts for groove and  simple effective shredding example being “Nekyia” and  “Somme”  being the one that really sticks out.