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“Death Prevails” (re-release) by Hackneyed

Artist: Hackneyed
Title: “Death Prevails”
Label: Metal Mind Productions
Release Date: 5/15/15
Genre: Extreme Death Metal
Rating: 3.5/5

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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“Death Prevails” by Hackneyed

Artist: Hackneyed
Title: “Death Prevails”
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Release Date: 9/2/2008
Genre: Extreme Death Metal
Rating: 3.5/5

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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“The First Damned” (remaster) by Decapitated

Artist: Decapitated
Title: “The First Damned” (remaster)
Label: Metal Mind Productions
Release Date: 3/30/2006
Genre: Death Metal
Rating: 4/5

The original release year of this CD was 2000 and thanking the people of Metal Mind Productions for re-issuing it would have to be an understatement. “The First Damned” brings the listener into the earliest works of the mighty Decapitated, another brutal Death Metal group straight out of Poland. The CD takes the bands cult demos “Cemeteral Gardens” and “The Eye Of Horus” (1997-98 respectively) and cleans up the production a little bit bringing you right into the Death Metal scene of the time. As you listen to their early work you can see that the band knew very quickly the direction they wanted to take their sound in and unlike countrymen in Behemoth, began as Death Metal and remained so throughout their career. Many who follow Behemoth will remember the band starting out with more of a Black Metal sound until the wise change to the style that they currently do with excellence. Now back to Decapitated, not only do these early tracks show a level of musicianship not often associated with the genre back then but it also shows how tight the group was at a very early age. The title tracks of their demos are the most appealing and hold the most impact as well as the Death Metal tongued cover of Slayer’s “Mandatory Suicide”. A couple of live tracks from 2000 are thrown in for good measure and they show the band as a powerful live act without any question.
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