South Of Hell is a French death metal band, focusing on the old school version of the genre. This debut contains nine songs for a total of a bit under thirty minutes. Yet, for this quintet that's plenty of time to convince the listener of their abilities. Influenced by the likes of Cannibal Corpse, Dying Fetus and Hypocrisy they blast their songs through your skull with great intensity and precision. According to their biography, the want you to bang your head like the rotors of a helicopter.
The songs on this album are well-varied pieced of old school death metal, reaching highlights in 'Damned' and 'Blood', my personal favorite, maybe because it reminds me of a mix between old Sepultura and old Tiamat. Here and there some influences from melodic metal shine through, which adds to the variation and makes 'I'll Be Back Soon' quite a great traditional death metal song. On the other hand, at points South Of Hell reaches quite impressive technical levels as well.
So in all, this is a welcome addition to any death metal collection. It's nothing new, nothing daring nor extremely unique. It's simply an excellent album, highly recommended for any metalhead who like his music vintage, powerful, raw and brutal. It's perfect for anyone whose physical exercises consist of several headbanging sessions I day.