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CD Review: Human Remains by Hell

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Reformed and resurrected after disbanding back in the 80’s, Human Remains releases Hell’s previously unpublished demo songs as brand new studio recordings, and what a release it is. This album is chock-full of thundering riffs and face-melting solos. These old school anthems are presented in a crisp modern production which creates a dark and demonic soundscape. David Bower takes the reins of former vocalist Dave Halliday, who tragically committed suicide in ‘87, and brings a career of theatre performance to the table, delivering in spades. His voice is powerful, harrowing, and his pitch control is unmatched. His theatre training also makes him one of the finest live performers in metal today. Had this album sealed an official release back when it had been intended, this band could have easily joined the ranks of Venom and Mercyful Fate as founding fathers of extreme metal, in particular black metal. Although it isn’t necessarily ground-breaking today, Human Remains is a thoroughly entertaining and fantastically executed release, bringing a bolt of old school heavy metal majesty into the 21st century.

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Dane Pavitt

As a university fresher in the big world, curiosity brought me to the local rock & metal bar, where for the first time I heard the likes of Metallica, Iron Maiden, Motorhead, Pantera and Slayer. Since then I’ve played as a rock DJ across the midlands, hosted my own radio show, seen dozens of bands at concerts and festivals, and become an entirely better person because of the influence of music, as my library continues to expand and diversify. Other favourites include Black Sabbath, Dio, Queen, David Bowie, The Clash, Sex Pistols, Led Zeppelin, ZZ Top, The Who, Nine Inch Nails, Rammstein, Depeche Mode, The Prodigy, Nightwish, Danzig, Brendon Small, Devin Townsend, Testament, Emperor, Morbid Angel, Napalm Death, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Neil Diamond and countless others, though I’ll listen to anything that sparks an opinion.

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