BLACK/DEATH/DOOM METAL | EL PASO/ USA
RELEASED VIA HELLS HEADBANGERS RECORDS ON 10.04.2012
I’ve not come across Hellvetron until now, likely due to the fact that this is their debut release, despite having formed in 2004.
Hellvetron play blackened doom metal and ‘Death Scroll…’ is made up of 7 tracks, which each appear to be named after a different demon; Sheol, Abaddon etc… Without too much research the album seems to be a concept based on the Dead Sea Scrolls, a collection of ancient biblical scripts. I’m already intrigued as to what it sounds like. So…
First surprise from a doom band is that the album is only 25 minutes long, still quality over quantity? Well, it’s hard to say really as this is certainly like nothing I’ve heard before. The album sludges and trudges through a serious of murky and distorted riffs, with growls from the pits of hell and the occasional black metal scream.
The whole album almost seems to merge into one foul and mysterious mass. Amongst the pitch black doom I can hear elements of avant-garde black metal here similar to some Deathspell Omega or Blut Aus Nord. There are atmospheric noises occurring here and there and I’m not sure whether they are keyboards or not, or perhaps some sort of groaning, but they give a very eerie sound to the mix.
I really quite like this album, but it’s taken a few listens to appreciate it. It’s original and just sounds dark and evil and not overproduced, something which is missing from a lot of underground metal these days. My main complaint is that it is too short.
Hellvetron are certainly a band I’ll be keeping an eye on, it will be interesting to see what they follow this up with. [7/10 – JOHN DOE]