The Call Of Megiddo
Review by Jack on April 9, 2003.
I think the Metalbite staff in general were not all that impressed with Hell-Born's debut album in "Hellblast." It was a rather stock standard approach to the whole black/death metal subgenre. It was decent, but nothing standout. 2002/2003 sees the coming of a new era for Hell-Born.
Everything about "The Call of Megiddo" is heads and shoulders above "Hellblast," production, creativity, musicianship, riffs. The whole kit and caboodle. Take 'Legion is Our Name' for example. Straight from the opening chord you can tell this is a different Hell-Born. The lyrics are catchier and easier to understand, the riffs are smooth and flow perfectly with the lyrics and vocals, and the guitar solos are short and snappy, making for a complete package this time around. 'Legion is Our Name' is just one example of Hell-Born's improvement, you could search through any of the other seven tracks and find a better song than you could ever find on "Hellblast." If base death metal is your thing, with a good chunk of thrash and black metal trimmings than you could do a lot worse with Hell-Born this time around.
Of course if you have a release that was in the first place simply mediocre, it is not going to be too much of a tough ask for a follow up record to be an improvement. I perhaps was not singing Hell-Born's praises enough. Hell-Born are the sort of band that makes you happy as a metal reviewer. They have successfully ironed out all their creases and dents and re-honed in on their strengths, making them not a new band, but just a refocused entity dedicated to their craft. "The Call of Megiddo" is a fine testament to them.
Bottom Line: I have been converted; Hell-Born is a far more powerful band in "The Call of Megiddo" in comparison to their feeble efforts during "Hellblast." Check it out (especially the title-track, it is just killer).
Categorical Rating Breakdown
Rating: 7.2 out of 10