A great new Review from Markus at rockmetalbands.com!
From the outset this here is quite apparently a throwback release to the heydays of the Gothenburg melodic death metal movement, and all the hallmarks of that particular variation is found here. Swirling along through a series of tightly-wounded, moderately thrash-inspired riff-work that brings along the kind of mostly upbeat and enjoyable style of album that manages to piece together enough melodic rhythms and lead-runs throughout the tracks to give it a solid, heavy backbone while swimming in melodies. As expected, this brand of light-and-dark dichotomy at play here is immensely satisfying with the album remaining heavy enough with the driving, pounding mid-tempo rhythms with plenty of pleasingly-melodic riffing and leads which roots this down in the familiar strains of this scene so adeptly that it’s really hard to really see past how much they ape this.
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"A very impressive first rendition from the new up-and-coming band Hour of Anguish."
-Brian, Metal Revolution
Three words: I smell talent. Sweden's Hour of Anguish may be a little rough around the edges when it comes to production and composition, but there is just something about this melodeath crew. If I were to put my finger on the one element that kept me listening, it was the clean vocals. We get plenty of harsh-clean-harsh, rinse and repeat melodeath bands these days, but there is something unique about how they are presented on Solace of Sorrow. When your album has that little extra special quality that catches the ear and inspires, say, someone making sure to share it on their latest review roundup...you can't put a price tag on that. And aside from the vocals, for a band only a year old and consisting of just two people the instrumentation is pretty strong. Enough so that I am confident in saying that if this duo sticks with it they will be going places. Good luck, guys. One track streaming below, several others also available on Youtube.
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"Overall, Hour of Anguish have produced a pretty solid album and especially as a first record, it’s something to be proud of. Especially with how tight and solid all the tracks are. Yes, the band do need to work on bringing different song structures and melodies into the mix but besides from that, Solace of Sorrow shows that they have great potential as a band and I hope to see more quality work from these guys in the future."
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Okay, a new band from Gothenburg Sweden playing modern Melodic Death Metal. This has to be good, right?
Well, Hour of Anguish have just dropped their debut album‘Solace of Sorrow’ and are ready to unleash their “intensely brilliant”, “brutal”, yet “beautiful soundscape” that “transcends the status quo of Melodic Death Metal” upon the masses, giving the people “a little of what they know and a ton of what they never expected”. In an age where it’s increasingly difficult to create a truly fresh sound to that of what’s expected, this is certainly an ambitious goal to set.
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Get an inside look into HOA with this great interview with Andreas and Richard about our 2016 release, Solace of Sorrow!
Crazy... more excellent melodeth from Sweden. Go figure. Reminds me of a mix of early Soilwork and In Flames with current era At The Gates and a few dashes of Carcass as well. If all that doesn't have you convinced then just listen to it, you'll be sold. An excellent debut and from the sound you would never guess that Hour of Anguish are a two-man crew making it even more amazing. Plenty of crunch to the guitars reminding me of James Hetfield from way back in the day (as the kids like to say). If you like metal there really isn't anything not to like here so pick yourself up a copy!
Feind 1st Impression: 4 out of 5 Horns Up!
Tuesday, May 31, 2016Hour Of Anguish/Solace of Sorrow/2016 Full Length Review
Hour Of Anguish are a duo from Sweden that plays a very melodic form of death metal and this is a review of their self released 2016 album "Solace Of Sorrow".
Clean yet distorted guitars start off the album which also leads up to more of a heavy yet melodic musical direction along with some high pitched death metal screams and when the music speeds up a decent amount of blast beats can be heard while all of the musical instruments sound very powerful.
Melodic vocals can be heard in certain sections of the recording and the songs also mix in a great amount of modern prog metal elements and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and as the album progresses growls can be heard in some of the songs and there is also a brief use of synths and acoustic guitars are also used and guitar leads are only used briefly.
Hour Of Anguish plays a more modern style of melodic death metal that also mixes in a great amount of prog elements, the production sounds very professional for being a self released recording while the lyrics cover philosophical and metaphysical themes.
In my opinion Hour Of Anguish are a very great sounding melodic death metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Ouroboros" "Farewell To The Flesh" "Countdown To The End" and "Sleep Eternal". 8 out of 10.