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Suhrim - Happy Hour (5,5/10) - Belgium - 2007

Genre: Death Metal
Label: Shiver Records
Playing time: 39:09
Band homepage: Suhrim

Tracklist:

  1. The Prophecy
  2. War
  3. White Shark (Carcharodon Carcharias)
  4. Bonesaw
  5. Meat Feast
  6. Vengeance Shall Be Mine
  7. Lord Of Dreams
  8. Opening Hell's Gate (Disaster)
  9. Happy Day
  10. Battle Mangled Flesh
  11. Maggot Infested Rotten Human
  12. Vomiting Blood
  13. Cold Steel Love Affair
  14. Feed Upon Souls (Elimination)
  15. Bonus Track
Suhrim - Happy Hour

Long running Belgian Death Metallers SUHRIM return after a two-year absence with their latest platter of splatter entitled, “Happy Hour”. Unfortunately, the record is neither an hour long nor is it that happy a listening experience. Had it been up to me I would have christened this record “39 Minutes of Inoffensively Average Death Metal”.

 

There’s nothing horribly wrong with SUHRIM’s latest long-player. It’s a well played, well produced album with an abundance of snappy songs, catchy riffs and gut churning vocals, but the lack of innovation, not to mention originality, soon derail what is an otherwise enjoyable record. Things start off well, and first track “The Prophecy” is a pacy little number that never fails to get my head a-noddin’. By the time the sixth song rolls around, however, I’m more bored than a eunuch in a tittie bar. There are one or two tracks that standout, and the band does occasionally throw down some rollicking Death ‘n’ Roll riffs to spice things up, but the lack of variety between songs makes this is an extremely monotonous, and wearisome record to digest in one sitting.

 

Average as it may be “Happy Hour” is not a completely worthless experience - and in the right circumstances I daresay some listeners would find it most enjoyable - it’s just that this year has seen so many high-profile, hard-hitting Death Metal records that it’s difficult to get excited about something as conspicuously average as “Happy Hour”.

(Online October 5, 2007)

Stuart Bullen



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