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5.0 out of 5 stars They've seen their fate, and it is brutal, 10 Mar 2010
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Hedon (Eternal Night) - See all my reviews
This review is from: El Diablo (Audio CD)
Oh boy, this is something special. Really special. Quite possibly the purest musical expression of minimalist rage and no nonesense aggression, El Diablo is the sonic equivalent of the part in Lock Stock when Vinnie Jones starts slamming a guys brains out with his car door; its brutal, its filthy, it aint pretty but for some reason you can't get enough of it.

Take four normal looking kids from California with a love of Neurosis style sludgy hardcore, thow in some of the most massive metal grooves ever to grace God's green earth, a monsterous rhythm section, the vocal equivilent of fire and brimestone and round it of with some discordant yet enchanting post-rock elements and you have El Diablo. The overall affect is a glorious hypnotic lull that's something like the moment before losing conciousness when your getting a serious battering. The pain, the anger, the seeething, SEETHING hatred wond up in this tight explosion of ten ton riffs, discordant melody, tangled webs of spidery bass lines, earth shaking yet groovy drumming and Grady's industrial sand blaster vocals is by no means an easy sound to get into, but if you perserve with it you'll find one of the most criminally under rated bands of the last 20 years. Think slow, think chrushing, think unrelenting fury. So heavy and brutal yet so cerebral at the same time, Will Haven were and still are on another level. Listen carefully and you can hear bands like Cult of Luna, Old Man Gloom, Isis, Norma Jean, Chariot, and Pelcian taking notes

It's a shame that Will haven's only sin was the fact that their bludgeoning cross pollination of sludge, punk and metal was about 10 years ahead of it's time, and, as such, remained under the radar. But anyone who really knows their heavy music knows Will Haven and surely has El Diablo. A definitive classic.
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4.0 out of 5 stars screamcore that will get you, 3 May 2006
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sean paul mccann "mccanns23" (ireland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: El Diablo (Audio CD)
will haven are a band that escaped my radar until after they split if im honest,they are of course back together now and this album shows that we all deserve some will haven in our cd collections,el diablo is regarded as their crowning glory and it is easy to be captivated by the furious riffs and screamcore vocals that surge through the speakers and into your soul,album opener stick up kid is a classic that throws everything including the kitchen sink in terms of manic riffs,screams and melody which is more often than not found in the guitars than in actual clean vocals and chorus',ive seen my fate is a stunner that has such power envoked throughout,climbing out this bottle is a semi autobiographical song that is extremely passionate and provoking,all in all if classic hopesfall and misery signals make your tail wag then jump on board the will haven train,you wont want to get off
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5.0 out of 5 stars Back with a vengeance, 24 Feb 2006
This review is from: El Diablo (Audio CD)
A fine, masterpiece of eccletic noise. Will Haven have taken the wall of noise sound and ascribed it to CD (Distorted / flanged guitars, gutteral bass, violent pounding of drums, screaming cathartic vocals)A band that stands unashamedly alone and original, a must see live band, who incidentally are touring again, it may take a while to get used to their sound but boy, when you do..... buy it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Evil, 11 April 2005
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This review is from: El Diablo (Audio CD)
My first introduction to this band was on the Deftones 98 UK Tour. I entered the hall to find 4 normal lads wandering onto the stage. Within seconds they were belching the foulest sounds known to man. This, ladies and gents..was Will Haven. El Diablo encompasses the band at their heaviest. The gutteral vocals, the murky shards of guitar and bass are all present here. After this release the band became slightly more experimental (no bad thing at all) but El Diablo is noteworthy for conveying a huge wall of sound at it's most evil. Stick Up Kid and I've Seen My Fate sound huge, and when the sledgehammer song that is June kicks you will literally hit the floor. What a shame they split up - we need a band like this now more than ever.
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5.0 out of 5 stars to sum it up, most amazing record in my collection, 1 Dec 2000
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This review is from: El Diablo (Audio CD)
well, will haven mix post-hardcore, metal and psychedelic rock even. dont listen to this record in the dark with headphones on, in fact, do! every time i listen to this record i find another wave of intensity coming from the hypnotic drums, the rumbling bass or jeff irwin's masses of guitar noise. this is music, but with certain subliminal genres of music stowed away in its underbelly. listen to this record. you will absolutely love it, no matter what type of rock you like. radiohead to rage against the machine, smashing pumpkins to slayer, this record will satisfy you either with its weirdness or its heaviness. buy it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for anyone who likes Hardcore / Metal or angry music, 10 Jun 2000
This review is from: El Diablo (Audio CD)
This is A progression from their eponymous EP with all the raw energy and anger of Will Haven but with a much better set of , for want of a better description, songs. Its hard, its narky and its the perfect purchase for someone who likes the Deftones brand of intensity
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