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Full of Hell: Garden of Burning Apparitions

On this release, Full of Hell demonstrates that there’s nothing slowing them down. This band has always been somewhat unsettled, but they introduce even more to their already crazed blend of hardcore, grind, and death metal by drawing heavily on noise rock and other effects. Those who already love the band will likely embrace the increased sense of chaos and despair. A Full of Hell album isn’t supposed to be pretty; it’s supposed to be unsettling. For those new to Full of Hell, let’s just say that this band does whatever it wants.

Although the band’s embrace of noise elements is everywhere present here, I recommend checking out “Derelict Satellite,” if only because it is so far out there. As I listened, I imagined a satellite spinning out of control and crashing into as much debris as possible before it exploded. Equally unsettling is “Non-Atomism,” an even-noisier track that seems to be imagining life as completely unstructured and chaotic. These aren’t tracks I’ll return to very often, but they are never dull and should give listeners a sense of what Full of Hell is up to.

Somewhat (and I mean somewhat) more accessible are tracks like “Reeking Tunnels” which balances the noise elements with the band’s already storied take on grindcore and death metal. Even better was “Celestial Hierarch,” a pummeling piece of music that even dares to bring in some (slightly) clean guitar tones. Don’t worry. This band isn’t going soft. It’s just a slight pause before things shift into a blurring of the guitar sound with a harsh industrial-like sound. For the band, the center of the album is probably “Industrial Messiah Complex,” a tune that reflects on the problem of death and the ways religion sometimes focuses on the wrong questions. “Eroding Shell” also asks hard questions about mob violence and unthinkingly going along with the crowd. Those were both good tunes, but I liked “All Bells Ringing” and “Murmuring Foul Spring” even more. The frenzied opening to “All Bells Ringing” had me hooked right away while the riffing in “Murmuring Foul Spring” was blistering and cool.

If you’re a casual fan of extreme metal, prepare to be knocked back a bit, but if you already love Full of Hell, you’re most likely already itching for more.

Track Listing:
1. Guided Blight
2. Asphyxiant Blessing
3. Murmuring Foul Spring
4. Derelict Satellite
5. Burning Apparition
6. Eroding Shell
7. All Bells Ringing
8. Urchin Thrones
9. Industrial Messiah Complex
10. Reeking Tunnels
11. Non-Atomism
12. Celestial Hierarch

Added: January 28th 2022
Reviewer: Carl Sederholm
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Language: english

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