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Type: Full-Length
Release Date: 2007
Label: Dark Sun Records
Genre: Black, Speed, Thrash
1. Call Sluts (Intro)
2. Gaping Angels By The Power From Hell
3. The Black Funeral
4. Day Of Lust
5. Suicide Metal
6. Sacrifice
7. Black Metal Gods
8. Pentagram Forces
9. More Whores
10. This Is My Bitch
11. Diabolical Blues (Demo Version)

Review by Felix on May 9, 2022.

An intro can be very revealing. The one of Sadismo tells us in a matter of seconds that the production sucks. Dull, undifferentiated, low-fi as low-fi can be, it's all one mud that washes up on your ear. Naturally, the music of Power From Hell consists of filthy riffs, raw vocals and vile lyrics. Yet this does not mean that it is a good idea to present an album with a sound that any beginner combo would be ashamed of at its first demo. Yes, one can get used to the fiasco, which is badly dubbed out to the maximum. Either way, this would be a much better output with an average production. Songs like 'The Black Funeral' or 'Suicide Metal' can rely on very effective riffs (only one per song, of course…) and 20 or 30% more technical clarity would have definitely been to their advantage.

We all know that have never been filigree artists with a sense for finely drawn lines. Song titles like 'More Whores' or 'This Is My Bitch' illustrate impressively that the primitive music and the stupid lyrics go hand in hand. Here is nothing that can be misunderstood if we neglect the fact that the booklet model’s name is Victoria. Honestly speaking, half-naked, bound and gagged she does not look very victorious. But that’s a marginal note - beyond the sexist bondage focus Power From Hell celebrate Venom, Hellhammer and Bathory, especially in 'Black Metal Gods', and they cannot deny to be influenced by these archaic and legendary formations. The drumming is as simple as it can be, the solos are always close to acoustic torture (at the end of the one of 'More Whores' the sound implodes, totally sick!) and the general atmosphere of the album is very similar to that of Bathory’s eponymous debut. Nevertheless, the album makes fun to a certain degree due to its focus on raw aggression, more raw aggression... and nothing else at all.

Unfortunately, for some inexplicable reason, there is again a blues at the end of the song list. As if this wasn't bad enough, we hear a demo version (!) and whoever thought a worse sound wasn't possible until then, learns again here. Maybe their bondage affinity makes the musicians think their fans are masochists, but I don’t share this point of view. Both in terms of style and sound, this track deserves only one biotope, the bin. (All blues or rock ’n’ roll songs in their discography are very dubious, to say the least.) So all in all, this work is for those who do not need any sound nuances, but a bloody lump of meat still warm. I like the album, even with this, well, exotic mix, but I cannot deny that Power From Hell missed the chance to create something really great.

Rating: 6.8 out of 10