MetalBite Review by Alex on 11/15/2018 7:51:48 PM
Being new to Deathhammer and finding out they have been supplying the underground with scorching anthems of speed since 2006 has elevated my desire to visit their older material since having the opportunity to hear Chained To Hell, which is the band’s 4th full-length album. Hells HeadBangers have been releasing some of the wildest underground metal for a while and this one is certainly apart of their catalog of commotion. Playing fast with addicting guitar leads and solos is the one thing Deathhammer knows how to do plausibly on Chained To Hell; yes there are occasional changes in rhythmic patterns and tempo shifts but the majority of the record is drenched in scampering swiftness. From the opener "Rabid Maniac Force" to the final track, "Evil", Deathhammer let-loose a zoo of reckless species, each possessing a signature attack that is both devastating and incisive.
If you’re a fan of speed metal that sounds as though it was initially recorded in a garage then mastered at a studio but maintained a raw feral sound then this is the album for you. Spanning only 31 minutes in length, Chained To Hell is a riff filled, drum blasting, vocal pit of pure speed metal chaos. Most of the songs are 4 to 5 minutes in length and are frenziedly played but orderly composed. I recall "Evil" starting out as a quick, slick attack then slowly diverting into doom metal towards the latter section of the song; which served as a showing of Deathhammer’s ability to add versatility to the music. Playing fast consistently can create some amount of monotony, but if small changes and shifts are made during the run-time, it usually helps in keeping the attention of most listeners.
The production on Chained To Hell sounds thick but with a very minute amount of bass being heard. The lead guitars do what they are meant to do on a speed metal record and that’s lead; they sound very good with an adequate level of tuning applied to give the music the right balance. The riffs on Chained To Hell are fiery and hit admirably. The drumming is well paced and has a slightly sloppy feeling that works to Deathhammer’s advantage on the record. The vocals are frequently varied like a maniac and keeps the music eccentric. The mid toned growls, barks and exclaimed shrieks are fun to hear, they really shine on the track “Black Speed Inferno”. Chained To Hell is definitely one of those albums that will have a dominating effect on the speed metal world; it’s an album that has been well thought out and executed. If you’re a fan of the raw primal side of speed metal, then this is the record for you; tracks like “Rabid Maniac Force”, “Black Speed Inferno”, “Threshold of Doom” and “Chained to Hell” will have Chained To Hell chained to your turntable for weeks.
Maniacs of the breakout:
- "Rabid Maniac Force"
- "Black Speed Inferno"
- "Threshold of Doom"
- "Chained To Hell"
Rating: 8.1 out of 10