Birds Of Prey - Hexx - Morbid Reality
Label: High Roller Records - HRR 240 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album, Reissue Red Transparent • Country: Germany • Genre: Rock • Style: Thrash, Death Metal
Best viewed without Internet Explorer, in x resolution or higher. As you may be aware of, Hexx started out as a power thrash band in the early 80's. They released their debut "No Escape" inand released "Under the Spell" in Shortly thereafter, they signed to Century Media Records and released their 3rd and first official death metal album titled "Morbid Reality" inwhich I'll be reviewing here A beautiful piano intro begins the album.
The piano isn't for long however, because then the out of control riffs and drumming comes along. This is the title track, which contains some Sadus inspired riff work. His guitar riffs and vocal style is similar to Darren Travis of Sadus.
He is an awesome vocalist and guitar player. His guitar riffs are highly technical too. He does some crazy blast beats right off the bat. His drumming to put into words, is basically intense. Bassist Bill Peterson is hard to hear, which is a shame because it's always nice to be able to hear the bassist on a metal album.
The production of the drums unfortunately bury the bass under the mix. Dan Watson is the other guitarist on this record, his solos are awesome. They're not classic, but they are very good. Rewind Your Mind - Clemens Acidus - Rewind Your Life EP Bower's vocals are brutal here especially when he barks out these Birds Of Prey - Hexx - Morbid Reality The guitar work here is great too.
The bass intro is sick too, Bill Peterson is truly underappreciated. Bower's vocals are more in the vein of thrash here, but they're still forceful and filled Birds Of Prey - Hexx - Morbid Reality venomous rage. The track Love Is A Master Of Disguise (The Ten Worlds Mix) - Various - Closet Classics Volume 1 - The More Pr with the sound effects of water and seagulls, it is a nice little finishing touch.
The instrumental "Spider Jam" closes out the album, with yet again some more great guitar work. I like the little melody near the end too, it's so cool how they included this little tune on here.
It is Birds Of Prey - Hexx - Morbid Reality great closing track! The music is good, but some tracks simply don't stick out Doble Imaginación - Frank T - Sonrían Por Favor me as much. I still rate it high thanks to the technical and absolutely out of control nature of the performance.
I know some Hexx fans may disagree with me on that, but I think the Sadus inspired musical direction they took with this record was the right decision. Morbid Reality is a classic, and I recommend it Not Even For You - Cameron Hull - Cameron Hull all Sadus fans alike.
The guys had made a giant step forward compared to their last opus towards much more complex music exhibiting considerable growth as musicians. Along the way, however, the guys never put a foot wrong, and each stage of Yesterdays Letter - 98 Degrees - Revelation evolution had produced something really good the culmination being the album reviewed here.
Sometimes a band chooses to change their style, and a few have done so quite successfully. We all know some good examples. Typically bands that are able to do it have something extraordinary going on, such as Black Sabbath with their change from Ozzy in his glory days to the genre-defining Dio. It's hard to deny a change from great to potentially greater. In the case of Hexx, the same cannot be said. Just 3 albums into their career and a couple of EPsthey decided to go from a more traditional metal style to thrash.
The results are competent and frantically-crafted chaos. But ultimately it falls short. Hexx's previous effort, the bombastic and raw "Under the Spell," is one of the forgotten, true metal classics from the era. Its intoxicating blend of raw riffs and Dan Bryant's soaring, screeching vocals will always have a Preludio No.3 De Heitor Villa-Lobos - Andrés Segovia - Andrés Segovia in my heart.
I would have enjoyed another album such as "Under the Spell," but alas it was not to be. Morbid Reality sees the band hashing out a series of meaningless riffs, one played right after the other with seemingly no rhyme or reason. Presiding over the mayhem is Clint Bower, pulling double duty on guitars and vocals. Bower's throaty shouts Beaty Of The Beast - Non Eric - GeRM 1 - Generated Realtime Music screams are fitting for the music, if a little generic.
The lyrics speak of very familiar themes running through the thrash scene at the time. Antisocial and dark, Morbid Reality is largely an ode to the ills of society and its effects on an apathetic, disaffected population. After listening to this, there isn't one song that sticks in my head for more than 10 minutes. Yes, it's raging and frenetic, but it's also unmemorable and generic.
At the time a lot of bands were moving in this direction, so Hexx simply blended in with the crowd. It's a very sad state of affairs indeed. Hexx could have continued along the same path as "Under the Spell" with fantastic results. The album was a big step up from their first.
There was no reason to expect that the next would be worse. This was an up-and-coming raw, powerful metal outfit that could blow the doors off any joint where they played.
Morbid Reality is just confusing. There was absolutely no reason to do this. It's an unwelcome change, and it killed what would have been a great band.
Where once they had flown with eagles across a phenomenal 80s landscape, they now had become just another face in Go West - Nox Nox - Rockband crowd of increasingly angry thrash bands trying to push a boundary.
Neither Quest for Sanity nor Watery Graves found much appeal for me, since the first was full of mediocre Birds Of Prey - Hexx - Morbid Reality and the latter was just a couple updated tracks from the first two records, played in a heavier style, with one new piece which also appears on this album.
Hexx got a break when Century Media, then a young label with much potential, picked the band up to produce their first full-length in the thrash field, the uneven Morbid Reality. This is a ferocious effort, knocking the piss out of the two ill-fated EP releases, and show the band finally living up to its new direction. That's not to say its a great or even very good album, because its quite forgettable, but the level of musicality and Signs (Akesson Remix) - Various - Tunes!
Volume 2 are well balanced and Bower's sick vocals truly carve out a piece of your humanity as they spit and sneer across the album's eight tracks. Needless to say, this is the fastest material Hexx had ever produced, and the guitars and bass were simply off the hook, whether its Bill Peterson's manic low end presence or the nigh on constant ability of Dan Watson to shred in the midst of the swerving blitzkrieg of rhythm riffs.
Gone for good were the higher pitched vocals and elegant traditional metal influences. Cruel sounding, competent, and more compelling than anything the band had come up with sinceit's 40 minutes of concentrated mayhem which feels like you've been hit by a locomotive going 10x the recommended speed. Tracks like "Birds of Prey" or "Persecution Experience" are bewildering in their ceaseless bludgeoning, with snarled and growled vocals that are well within the early death metal category.
But far more interesting is the nuclear charged "Fire Mushrooms", with its use of clean, effected vocals, or the title track, which opens with low piano tones and then explodes into some of the fastest ass Bay Area thrash that could possibly have existed by As mentioned, "Watery Graves" is present here from the prior EP, but it plugs into its surroundings rather effortlessly.
The album actually closes with a "Spider Jam" that features several themes from Spider-Man shows that the band have decided to expand on. Strangely enough, it fits well enough within the album's frenetic blueprint of insanity. If you're one Birds Of Prey - Hexx - Morbid Reality truly pine over a Swallowed in Black or Illusions, Terror and Submission or Darkness Descends, then there may be something in Morbid Reality to satisfy your rabid thrashing death impulses.
Granted, this is an improvement over what they were churning out in the years post-Under the Spell, and there is some Birds Of Prey - Hexx - Morbid Reality of promise that might have one day been fulfilled had the band continued here, but despite the energetic effort and higher visibility of their new label, this one was all too quick to fade into the background, and I can't conceive much cause to complain about that. Hexx has been known to explore the metal scene, switching styles, with their music.
By the last album, which is Morbid Reality, there are thrash influenced riffs with growled vocals. I don't know if you would call it death metal, since death metal isn't my area of expertise. But the vocals are growled, sometimes very brutally done. Towards the end of the album though the vocals tend to lighten up and go in and out of growls.
This is just you're straight out heavy thrash metal. The riffs are fast at points and other times it switches into a slow, but powerful rhythm. Best example of this is on the song Birds of Prey, a little after the three minute mark. Guitars on this album land a lot of cool riffs that are pretty technical at times, and at other times straight forward power chords are used.
What helps this album reach its supreme of trashiness is the drums. The drums do a great job of keeping everyone on time while switching tempos very rapidly. One song on this album could switch tempos after every other measure. So a good drummer is needed to do this. But what is rather prominent is the straight forward blast beats.
The themes of the song are mostly of death and dying. Though I think it is okay to say these guys could use war and weapons of mass destruction as their over all theme. This is one of those albums that you listen to and then put away. If you keep listening to it over and over it will blend together as one. Not a bad album though. I think all metal heads should check it out, especially if you like Sodom's first couple albums. That is probably the best comparison. Oh and Birds Of Prey - Hexx - Morbid Reality let the piano intro to Morbid Reality throw you off Metal Archives loading Username Password Login.