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Bloody Hell: The Bloodening
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Bloody Hell: The Bloodening

Traditional Heavy Metal
4.0/5.0

Finland's Bloody Hell has been around for better than 20 years, in one shape or form. But the core of the band seems to be two guys with funny names: bass player and vocalist Governor Hudson (aka Marko Skou) and guitarist Dead Nugent (aka Jaakko Halttunen). Dead Nugent, that's great. While I don't often take PR material too seriously, this description of Bloody Hell in their biography made me grin: "In the past times it was ... angry young men who (sic) wanted to play angry music. Now it's grumpy old men wanting to play grumpy music." Bloody Hell returns with their second long player, The Bloodening. The album boasts 12 songs with four of them repeats from earlier demos.

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Essentially, Bloody Hell plays classic, keep-it-true, heavy metal. And despite the ridiculously embarrassing album artwork, these guys are quite talented at their craft. Most of their tunes are riff revved up, fast and heavy, metal tunes with assertive, yet harmonious, vocals, and an abundance of killer guitar solos. Listeners will hear this formula self-evident and repeated throughout the album with notable songs: The Undertaker, What The Hell, Bite, the drum driven fast and heavy Burn Witch Burn. Often the dual elements of guitar and vocal harmony rise larger as within Murders She Wrote and Long Road To Hell. Using a classic metal trope, with Hangover Rider and Kiesma, Bloody Hell tries to trip the metalhead up with songs having a soft acoustic guitar start before ripping into heavy metal. "Kiesma" refers to Kiasma, the Museum of Modern Art in Helsinki. The band comments that the lyrics are like modern art having no sense at all. All said, with The Bloodening, Finland's Bloody Hell offers fans of traditional and classic heavy metal a fine, well-crafted album of the same. Recommended.




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All said, with The Bloodening, Finland's Bloody Hell offers fans of traditional and classic heavy metal a fine, well-crafted album of the same. Recommended.

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