Hellfekted – Woe To The Kingdom Of Blood
Release Date: 29/03/2020
Running Time: 39:32
Review by Tammy Lomax
I have a huge smile on my face and let me tell you why…Midlands, UK band HELLFEKTED that is why! They have recently self-released ‘Woe To The Kingdom Of Blood’ and it has been an absolute honour to review this album.
Now, these guys have only been on the scene the last year or so but that means absolutely nothing! Ha! I cannot say it enough, if you haven’t checked them out, please do, like right now because, if you are a fan of really disgusting blackened thrash metal, all your needs will be catered for. Hellfekted are the whole cake.
Right, let me calm my pants.
Opening this beautiful carnage is title track ‘Woe To The Kingdom Of Blood’ and it IS one of the best ways to open any album. As the sound of a tolling church bell dissolves you are hit with an evacuation alarm and, by all means, do evacuate everyone from the room, bar yourself. In come the industrial, rustic vocals and pow…Houston, Hellfekted have landed! They glide themselves in perfectly on this mid-pace stomper.
By this point, the smile on my face is obvious and says it all, I am eager, and I am squeaking.
Next track ‘Treachery’ is just a minuscule portion of what is about to come. Hellfekted have been meticulous about the placement of every single track on the album.
‘Tower Of Life’ is a mosh pit track for sure, even I would throw myself in. It is from this point that you realise Hellfekted are going to be strong in their game. There is such a deep doom feel before the main riff comes in, gradually getting faster! The chaos is imposing, and they seem to push themselves harder and harder as the track accelerates and becomes more brutal. My legs go like jelly when they really go for it towards the end.
Next is ‘Fractured’ and there literally is no gasping for air here. If you need a break, then maybe these guys aren’t for you. They hammer away persistently. Drummer Myles’ double kick drums meeting the bass of Chris is pure sex. It’s hot and on FIRE, banging and bursting and then they stop inviting you to assume the track is over over…never assume!
On these three tracks the bass guitar really bulges out of the speakers. It’s luscious, literally mouth-watering, you can hear every single pluck!
‘Stigma’ is my outright favourite track on here (although, it was a tough decision, because every track is delivered to the highest of standards). Dissolving due to the bass, it is an immaculate 6 minutes and 22 seconds of euphoria. It pulls you in and then flings you back out, like a sling shot, but in your face! After some butchery, there is more development, like the track has only just begun. There are three sections, each one progressing and getting more intense, it is fascinating mayhem!
‘Omen To The Antichrist’ Is a little slower paced than the others, but don’t assume this is a breather because it’s not. The guitar work and tempo of the drums is spot on, they build you up, eat you and then spit you out.
‘Fire at Will’ and ‘Archaic Demise’ are the final tracks on here. There is zero dip in talent, their sound and vocals are consistent throughout. Talking about the vocals, I have to say they are something extraordinary! Liam does an incredible job of liquifying your face.
My ears are completely blistered after listening to this and I have an even bigger smile on my face. Being honest, I have been keeping a sneaky eye on Hellfekted and will continue to do so. Make sure you have your Tena ladies on (even the men) because they will be needed.
01. Woe To The Kingdom Of Blood
03. Tower Of Life
06. Omen Of The Antichrist
07. Fire At Will
08. Archaic Demise
Liam – Vocals, Guitars.
Chris – Back-Up Vocals/Bass
Myles – Drums
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