- Audio CD (25 Nov. 2013)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD+DVD, Limited Edition
- Label: Nuclear Blast
- ASIN: B00FFWMIAI
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,128 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Curse and Chapter (Bonus One DVD) CD+DVD, Limited Edition
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The album opens with the expected fully orchestrated introduction, Kev Bower showing us the depth of his musical skills, and the unbelievable power of a Yamaha Motif (no orchestra involved here). Then straight into the blistering Age of Nefarious, the first new full song of the album, taking Hell into a new dimension (if not the 5th) as their second album gives us a mix of finishing the release of the back catalogue from the first time around, and looking forwards with new material. Not that the back catalogue is anything to be sneered at, as Disposer Supreme belies its age, sounding just as vital as a song written yesterday, even though as I hear the marionettes line I can still see the mime like shrug Dave Halliday used to do back in the day.
But then we reach the summoning of the Darkhangel, the magnum opus of the album. With an introduction so tasty you might think it was seasoned with Oxo, this is just an awesome track, and one that reaches unexpected heights live (check out the bonus DVD), but doesn't lose any of that drama without the band in front of you.
Then we're back to the back catalogue, though strictly speaking not Hell's, as Harbinger of Death is actually a cover, from the equally excellent Race Against Time. This was original singer Dave Halliday's previous band, but the song always formed a popular part of the set, and this version features the surviving R.A.T members on backing vocals.Read more ›
As his been touched on in other reviews, the big fear was if Hell could ever match (never mind top) 'Human Remains'. Well fear not, because it really does somehow better their excellent debut. A couple of years touring the album has clearly helped Hell really hone their craft, and every facet of C&C just seems a little tighter and more focused than Human Remains. Furthermore, with an album half full of brand new material - the best stuff on the album, I would add - Hell have confirmed that they are a legitimate new band in their own right, rather than a nostalgia trip resting on some 25-year-old heavy metal laurels.
As for the music on display here, Hell simply have their very own sound. However as a point of reference for those who haven't heard the band before, I can only describe it as a theatrical blend of Maiden, Priest, Rush, Mercyful Fate/King Diamond and Dio-era Rainbow. The album is exceptionally well paced; fast metal song, prog rock song, short song, long song, old song, new song... the album belts along without a moment of filler or the feeling that it starts to sound 'same-y'. I could go on, but there are only so many superlatives that can be used so I would just say go and buy it. And do go and buy a physical copy, because you will miss out on some extremely inventive packaging if you download.
I can only hope there is only a 2 year wait until album number 3.
And good god is the album ever good! I really did not think they could beat the first one but they've done it. This one's even more polished in terms of the production, and the songs are like the old album on steroids. Yes that means songs with about 17,000 different riffs, endless clever production tricks, and catchy-as-**** vocal melodies, all tied together with a general theme of "religion is bad and hooray for Satan!". Musicaly there are more fast tracks than on the last album, which is good for any thrash fans out there, but it's still got it's share of beastly mid tempo epics too.
All in all I think this album and this band generally are the best of the best in metal at the moment. There's not one band out there with as much creativity and flair as these guys, and it's also nice to hear a band that isn't confined exclusively to any of the metal sub-genres. To a point if you've heard one black/thrash/death/etc etc album album you've heard them all, but you will *never* hear anything quite like this
5 billion inverted stars
Most Recent Customer Reviews
After seeing them on tour with saxon thought this may be an interesting cd, after playing it constantly in the car for two weeks it is probably one of the best cd's I have heard,... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Ian Tait
this album is rediculously good, It has all the classic elements of heavy metal, Great Riffs great drums choruses and catchy hooks, Attitude, But it also has the most theatrical... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Cubby Kovu
1st saw this band backing up Saxon at shepherds bush in February. Very impressed and bought the album as a result. Love the album and think it 's the best thing I've heard in ages. Read morePublished 11 months ago by s. hunter
Absolutely brilliant Album by HELL.
If you are into / were ever into NWOBHM you must listen to this.
Wow! This is a terrific album, even better than Human Remains. Every track on here is excellent, it's full of fantastic riffs and more of the wonderful lyrics brilliantly vocalized... Read morePublished 13 months ago by P. Cannon
Hell's best album and it rocks hotter than hell. Catchy riffs, great production...awesome songs and the free dvd is full of great live performances. If you like metal... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Jibbyjive
Quite simply my album of the year for 2013, a superb follow up to Human Remains that I keep playing again and again.Published 21 months ago by Andrea M