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Hades - The Downside (6/10) - USA - 2000

Genre: Thrash Metal
Label: Metal Blade Records
Playing time: 43:36
Band homepage: Hades

Tracklist:

  1. Ground Zero N.Y.C.
  2. Align The Planets
  3. Bitter (Suite #1)
  4. Hoax
  5. Pay The Price
  6. Hail To The Thief
  7. Shove It
  8. It's A Wonderful Lie
  9. Become Dust
  10. Responsible
  11. The Me That Might Have Been
  12. Ground Zero (Reprise)
Hades - The Downside
Yes, they still exist, the Prog-Thrashers from the U.S. of A, but their new album lacks something, but I cannot put a name to it...

"Ground Zero N.Y.C." comes crashing through with heavy riffs and Alan Tecchio's unmistakable vocals, but the next three tracks all sound more like NON-FICTION than HADES, what would not be a problem if there were not a big HADES-logo on this album. "Pay The Price" then features some faster, heavier Metal with, not only for Tecchio deep and guttural Vox, before Mid-Tempo returns again and as nicely dark-atmospheric "It's A Wonderful Lie" is, as strange are the harmonies of the following "Become Dust".

"Downside" is extremely difficult to be put into words, but somehow I lack the thread in it, the cohesion of the single tracks, which just don't form a unit. One may think about HADES as one does, but still I somehow am disappointed, even though it's not a bad CD...

Alexander Melzer



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