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Gehennah, Too Loud to Live, Too Drunk to Die (Metal Blade Records)
CD reviews: February 11, 2016

02/11/16
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



Until now I’d been successful at avoiding the Metal Blade stable of bands, but it was too much to resist this Swedish foursome, which hinted at a whiskey-and-slapstick departure from the label’s endless parade of angry-face cookie-cutter death metal acts. I mean, with a guitarist named Rob Stringburner and a singer who goes by “Mr. Violence,” I was helpless, even if singularly unimpressed with their work ethic (counting this one, they’ve managed to squeak out four albums in 20 years). Musically their deal is thrash, and their influences are front and center: Motorhead on “Still the Elite”; Venom on the train-wreckedly titled “Life Metal Must Die”; Bathory on the title track. Yep, that’s what this is, a Venom/Motorhead/Bathory sandwich without the humorous boneheaded nonsense I’d been anticipating. “Scumbag” is pretty awesome, though, and you have to admire the fact they have a song called “Gehennah Will Destroy Your Life.” C+ 






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