Sharp classics alarm with the 1985 stroke of genius of HALLOWS EVE. One year before the demo "Tales Of Terror" had been released, a sampler track on "Metal Massacre 6" ("Metal Merchants") before Metal Blade signed the hopeful newcomer. The only "problem" with the album is the damn short playing time, which is rather a better EP.
Musically, though, there is nothing to be criticised. Straight, hefty, snotty Speed Metal from the keg. The guitar runs at times have a certain Punk touch and similarities with IRON MAIDEN's debut ("Prowler") are not to be overheard. But the band still did not forget to take the foot off the gas and do some major changes, such as on "The Mansion", which enthuses by small, but fine melodic veins.
Or the band hymn "Hallows Eve", which starts out with a short acoustic passage, then fires on all cylinders and in between uses a few almost complex parts. And who does not know THE classic, "Metal Merchants", is in the wrong movie anyway.
What ABATTOIR could only get done with the song "Screams From The Grave" on "Vicious Attack", meaning to create an ultimate banger hymn, HALLOWS EVE managed with almost each song on "Tales Of Terror". (Online November 2, 2003)