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Hell In The Club: F.U.B.A.R.
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Hell In The Club: F.U.B.A.R.

Melodic Metal Rock
4.5/5.0

I hand to check the Dangerdog Archives. It's been better than 12 years since the appearance of Italy's Hell In The Club (HITC) and their debut album, Let The Games Begin. I've reviewed every album that came along thereafter. In 2009, Hell in the Club began with Secret Sphere bassist Andy Buratto wanting to create a classic hard rock band in the genre of 80's melodic sleaze reflecting the influences of Motley Crue, Skid Row, Ratt, among many others. Hell In The Club has continued this formula ever since. Now the quartet arrives with their sixth LP, F.U.B.A.R. (acronym for: fucked up beyond all recognition).

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I gave away HITC's musical style in the first paragraph. But to summarize for new listeners, the simple description is melodic metal rock. Fleshed out, HITC takes classic hard rock and gives it heavy metal edge with sleaze rock punk. Is it rock? Is it metal? That's the point. You can pump your fist while, at the same time, you can stop your toe from tapping. The line is blurred.


Speaking then to some songs, most every one adheres to the aforementioned formula. Fine examples arrive with Cimitero Vivento, Sleepless, Total Disaster. Best Way Of Life includes the same but in a more up tempo groove. Curious anomalies come with songs that add some evident AOR accessibility. One is The End Of All with it's fine harmonious vocal arrangement, and the same combined with a mellow breakdown around two minutes. Another is Sidonie which pumps up the rock rhythm and groove while adding a catchy harmonious chorus. You might add The Kid to that description also. If you are lead guitar listener, you will find some slick work here from Andrea "Picco" Piccardi.

All said, F.U.B.A.R. finds Hell In The Club settled into their classic, straight out of the 80's, melodic metal rock groove. Bang your or tap your toe or simply just rock out. Easily recommended.



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The Take Away

All said, F.U.B.A.R. finds Hell In The Club settled into their classic, straight out of the 80's, melodic metal rock groove. Bang your or tap your toe or simply just rock out. Easily recommended.

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