So, that was a completely irrelevant introduction, except maybe for the fact that I mentioned death metal. For that friend of mine, the album I'm reviewing now is a rock-album, an extreme one nonetheless, but definitely rock. For the more experienced listener, we could easily call this melodic technical blackened death metal. So metalheads all around, press play on the bandcamp-player above and get ready to start that living room mosh pit.
The Hudson Horror are a band from New York, which of course is an American city. Founded in 2012, they have been working on this debut album like crazy. It seems that the goal was to release a quality album, well-varied, well-produced and with stunning artwork. After all, it's quite useless to release anything less than great since the competition is fierce in this genre. Did they succeed? Oh yeah, they did.
Taking death metal as a foundation, The Hudson Horror incorporated elements from a lot of different metal genre such as hardcore, heavy metal, thrash metal, black metal and a touch of doom. So it's no wonder that I envision an entire metal-festival line-up when I listen to this piece of work. From Arch Enemy over Iron Maiden to Cannibal Corpse and Death, they all pass by. Hell, even the intro from 'Number Of The Beast' is used in one of the songs.
Those influences alone make this a well-varied album, and the vocals help quite a bit. Ranging from deep guttural growls to eerie screams or, in some passages, none at all, vocals are used excellently. And there are even great surprises to be found. The song 'Anathema' features a jazz solo with clean sounding guitar over fierce death metal riffs. On other occasions, I sense some post-metal influences as well.
Now I must admit, at first I had my doubts. Opener 'What The Moon Brings' is a decent song but not the smasher I expected it to be. Yet, gradually the album growls, both in intensity and variation. Tempos start alternating, the different elements come in and the whole becomes an impressive piece of work. A few listen later, the opener too grows on me and now I can't stop banging my head. So yes, check it out...