Hex - God Has No Name - (6/10)
Published on September 10, 2019
Genre:Doom / Death
Spain has produced some high quality doom/death bands over the course of the last few years in the form of Proscrito and Womb. Additionally, the Indian label Transcending Obscurity Records is a label that has delivered quality content and, in my experience, has always been a reliable deliverer of quality death metal. So, when I saw that they had a new Spanish doom/death release I was intrigued and thought I better check out Hex’s God Has No Name.
Unfortunately, despite some flashes of very strong potential, God Has No Name didn’t quite live up to my expectations. The band is labelled doom/death, and that’s true after a fashion. God Has No Name is full of chunky, mid-paced death metal in the vein of Bolt Thrower. But the doom parts largely didn’t work for me; the riffs are down-tuned and groovy, sure, but they’re also pretty bland at times. Some of the members have played in groove and brutal death metal bands and it shows in these clunky sections. God Has No Name doesn’t feel like doom/death to me, as it largely is lacking in the atmosphere department as well, having neither the dark, depressing melodies of the more gothic side of the sub-genre or the creeping, morbid atmosphere of the ‘more-death-than-doom’ leaning side.
However, I did say that God Has No Name has flashes of potential and they rear their head in the second half of the album. “Where Gods Shall Not Reign” sees the band take a stab at a more atmospheric approach, including the use of some stellar female vocals. It’s easily one of the strongest tracks on the album, along with opener “Thy Kingdom Gone.” God Has No Name is one of those albums that starts and ends strong but takes a dip in the middle, which is unfortunate because if the album was more consistent it would have been a monster. The rhythm section is another positive aspect to the album. Asier Amo’s drumming is punishing and bassist Endika rumbles and rattles along. And look at that apocalyptic cover art!
God Has No Name is not a bad album; it’s just a safe one. It’s enjoyable and gets better as it goes on but doesn’t quite satisfy fully. It has enough flashes of potential to warrant a listen and I think this band is capable of making a great album, but they aren’t quite there yet.