Artist: Fires of Hell
Album Title: Horrific Satanist Music demo
This is the first demo from Fires of Hell, a Finnish band that plays stripped down black metal.
The songwriting on this demo reminds me of fellow Finns Barathrum, with an equal measure of old Bathory. The songs are made up of triumphant, repetitive riffing with backing bass, snarled and growled vocals, and drum machine. The best aspect of this band is the vocals. Both styles sound great, and the combination of the two fits the music very well.
The first of the original songs, "The Man Clad in Black", is a mid-paced tale of a professional killer's evolution and subsequent fall. The lyrics are quite noteworthy, especially during the spoken-word break. The second song "Fighting for the Glory of Perkele", shows off some memorable guitar and bass lines. The use of silence between the riffs is excellent, and really heightens the triumphant feel of this song. The break around two minutes in sounds just a bit clumsy, though. "Elfhunting" rounds out the album with a faster tempo, and the best vocal performance of the demo. I like the contrast between the synth break and the speed of the rest of the song. There's a good guitar solo here, as well.
There are three cover songs on this demo: Judas Priest's "Breaking the Law", Venom's "Countess Bathory", and Beherit's "Sadomatic Rites". As covers go, they're not bad, if a bit nondescript. The "Sadomatic Rites" cover is easily the best of the three, with a great bass sound and vocals.
Overall, this is a quality demo. The original songs are heavy and catchy, and the covers are a nice bonus as well. I'd like to hear a full-length album from Fires of Hell, with a few more original songs as great as the ones on this demo. Recommended.
Standout Tracks: "The Man Clad in Black", "Fighting for the Glory of Perkele"