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Arise and Ruin: Night Storms the Hailfire

The press sheet for Arise and Ruin's latest release Night Storms the Hailfire pretty much hits the nail right on the head-if you are interested in a cross between Hatebreed, Motorhead, Emtombed, and Slayer, then you've come to the right place. 42 minutes of full-on aggression, Night Storms the Hailfire features Lemmy-styled bass riffs battling with raging guitar, pummeling drum work, and hardcore barks. While I wouldn't call this the heaviest band that Victory Records has on their roster, you can certainly say that Arise and Ruin have a lot going for them. For my money, when they slow things down a bit and go for a Down-meets-Lamb of God swamp soaked dirge, like they do on the crushing "Doom Sentence", things really get interesting. The real key here though is the bass playing of Ben Alexis, whose Overkill era Motorhead styled bass lines not only do Lemmy proud, but adds a classic metal sound to this otherwise modern day extreme metal/hardcore flavored moshfest. Listen to him pumping out his thick grooves next to the beefy sludge riffs of Brent Munger on "A Heavy Dose", or his rumbling attack on the steamroller "Brothers In Arms" for proof of all that he adds to this band. Perhaps the hottest track here is the stoner/doom funeral march that is the title track, a slow, brooding, nightmarish piece with evil vocals and sludge ridden guitar riffs and drum bashing.

In the end, Night Storms the Hailfire is pretty solid and enjoyable extreme metal. Though it's not going to set the world on fire with originality, superior songwriting, or mindblowing playing, they do all the little things right and have come up with a CD that most metal fans should find of interest.

Track Listing
1. Forever Damned
2. Bring The Rain
3. Doom Sentence
4. Thrashburn
5. A Heavy Dose
6. In Death
7. The Aftermath
8. Brothers In Arms
9. Night Storms Hailfire
10. This Is War
11. The Long Haul

Added: March 13th 2009
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Related Link: Victory Records
Hits: 1794
Language: english

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