PYLON - THE HARROWING OF HELL (Roxx Records)
(Review by Officer Nice)
Doom Metal fanatics should already know this band from Switserland after the release of two EP’s and four albums. I’ve read reviews about these guys in the past, heading from very negative to amazingly positive. That means, whatever I will write, it’s up to the listener to make a conclusion. I am aware that every review is subjective, it will always be a good source to discuss a band. My job is telling how a band sounds, what the strong points are, why I like or dislike a band… Often I swim against the flow, especially when I am mentioning underground bands. At the end it’s up to the listener to decide if he or she wants to spend their money on a CD…
P˙lon is by the way a Christian band but I’ve told you in the past I don’t actually care. Christianity is a good issue to write lyrics about, it has its bright but also its dark passages. Although Metal has a Satanic image it doesn’t bother me at all that some bands are spreading Christian words. I know people who are fanatic on this issue, for me the music counts. I’m an atheist, I only believe in fate, whatever mine will be and being open minded works… The dark front cover of this release, a drawn about Dante in hell, out of the 19th century, doesn’t hide that the band delivers dark lyrics. A nice booklet by the way.
P˙lon succeeds in creating a very dark and obscure ambiance in their music. This production lies near to a good old Eighties Metal sounds, the way this kind of music should sound, no? At some songs Nomad Son vocalist Jordan Cutajar joins the forces and to be honest it are especially those songs that sounds the strongest. You don’t hear me say Matt Brand has a bad voice, he fits this kind of music very well but his rather monotone vocal sound will not be appreciated by everyone, that’s for sure. His vocal lines make P˙lon even sound older, like a Seventies band. What I really want to say it that Jordan Cutajar lifts the band up to a higher level.
Musical wise P˙lon did a fantastic job when we are talking about Doom Metal. The leads are great to hear, the rhythm sessions sound depressed and melancholic, as this kind of music demands. Other guest musicians were asked to join the forces of P˙lon as well, discover them yourself. The atmosphere on “The Harrowing Of Hell” is gloomy and brings every listener in a special mood, whether you like Doom Metal or not. This album is contains six songs, two bonus-tracks and “Paranoid” as cover. The cover is something special, a Doom Metal version of Black Sabbath’s most famous song. It works to me, I really adore this ‘new’ sounding oldie! The new Black Sabbath will be released in a few months, I am curious…
Fans of traditional Doom Metal should really give this record a fair chance. I am pretty sure they will easily spend their well-earned bucks on it. “The Harrowing Of Hell” will be released on vinyl and so this version on CD is strictly limited. I conclude that this is a strong release, one you should search for on http://www.roxxproductions.com .
My points: 83 / 100
95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !
Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan
Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it
Between 70 and 89: Decent but best previewing
Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate
Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard
50- : Rubbish