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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Gallhammer - Ill Innocence

A black metal band consisting of three Japanese girls with the last names ‘Slaughter’, ‘Penetrator’ and ‘Reaper’ whose band name pays tribute to cult 80’s metal band Hellhammer? Gallhammer may sound like a gimmick to some and in some ways that’s valid, but it doesn’t mean there’s not a hell of a lot of fun to be had listening to their new album, Ill Innocence. Maybe fun isn’t the word to use, this is an album fuled by pain and despair, with venomous fury surreptitiously bubbling underneath. Songs like ‘At the onset of despair’ and ‘World to ashes’ contain ample amounts of downtuned guitars and guttural vocals that’ll satisfy curious metal fan. Vivian Slaughter’s tormented screams are truly disturbing. Play it loud enough and it’ll only be a matter of time before someone calls an exorcist. That being said, Gallhammer also seem to be comfortable exploring punk aesthetics and more melodic elements in songs like ‘Blind my eyes’ and ‘Delirium Daydream’. It’d be wrong to say that this album has something for everyone, they aren’t the greatest musicians in the world, sometimes sounding a bit garage standard, and the whole record has a really lo-fi approach to production, calling to mind 80’s hardcore punk singles, but if you’re a fan of early black metal or hardcore punk definitely check it out. Ciao.

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