Down In Hell (Reissue)


Down In Hell is a demo by Italian heavy/speed metal band WARHAWK, re-released as an […]
By Omnius D'Worgen
April 10, 2015
Warhawk - Down In Hell (Reissue) album cover

Down In Hell is a demo by Italian heavy/speed metal band WARHAWK, re-released as an album by Dead Center Productions (although for some reason they have chosen not to sign them, at least according the Internet sources I could find).

To paraphrase H.P. Lovecraft, there are sonic qualities peculiar to demos and there are sonic qualities peculiar to albums and it is not well to the one when the source should yield the other. As for musicianship: Rhythm guitars are the repetitive buzzsaw palm-muted you'd expect from the genre, sort of a heavier version of early-era IRON MAIDEN (or maybe METALLICA in "No Life 'Till Leather"). The vocalist has a nice high-pitched singing voice, but sounds rather strained to me at times, like he should maybe down the register a bit. And as for the drummer and bassist, they didn't do anything bad I could comment on, but they haven't done anything good I can comment on, either. The guitar solos are nice, but to me they sound like they have speeds and not a lot more.

And that's my main problem with these guys - no song is all bad, there is a cool spark to find in every one, but that cool idea wasn't refined and developed until it was a sonic thermonuclear weapon - rather, it feels like they jumbled riffs and leads on top of that one cool idea to make it "an acceptable length" for a song and sent it on its merry way. No process gets better by rushing it... however if they really put in the time and effort on their next release to develop each idea - now that would be a record worth hearing!

3 / 10


"Down In Hell (Reissue)" Track-listing:

1. Bloody Brawl
2. Flying Tigers
3. Rising From The Dump
4. The Dark Road
5. The World I Have Enough
6. Warriors of the Seas
7. Running for Vengeance

Warhawk Lineup:

Chianti - Vocals
Ricky - Guitars
Fablo - Guitars
Gorby - Bass
Ammonio - Drums

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