Title: “Death Prevails”
Label: Metal Mind Productions
Release Date: 5/15/15
Genre: Extreme Death Metal
Originally released in 2008 on Nuclear Blast Records, the debut album by Hackneyed was recently re-issued by Metal Mind Productions. The album now comes in a Digipak holder and features no additional tracks, so with that being the case my original thoughts on it remain the same. I have restated those views in the review that follows. The edition is limited to 2000 copies so diehards might want to act fast if interested in purchasing
When I began my listen for the debut by Germany’s Hackneyed I had to admit that I felt as though I was listening to something new by the legendary yet imaginary Dethklok because it had the same drive to it in the musical sense and the lyrical content and vocals came off a very similar to that project. It took me a few more turns to realize that this was some pretty intense stuff and that it was serving up all the proper reverence to the Death Metal giants of the past and when it came down to it the guys were showing that they really knew how to play and must have been at this for many years before snaring their recording deal. It was after this musing that I realized that the band was dealing with an average age of 16 and from there I was rather impressed with their delivering and overall intensity. Extreme Death Metal is an art form no matter what you think of it and its execution is not as easy as one might think so when the lightning fast riffs that we find on it are complimented by drumming that is just as fast then you know you are dealing with something rather special. Their Nuclear Blast Records debut is called “Death Prevails” and the cover sports a rather cool looking Grim Reaper who would serve as a great stage mascot ala Eddie from Iron Maiden and the nine tracks serve well as an introduction to a band that really holds some promise for the genre.
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