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Hallowed - "Promo 2009" (Promo CD)

Hallowed - "Promo 2009" Promo CD cover image

"Promo 2009" track listing:

1. Hear You Scream
2. Air of Paranoia
3. The Book of Man
4. What Lies Within

Reviewed by on December 2, 2010

"What this band lacks in finesse, it more than makes up for with its brand of really fun to listen to throwback old school riffing."

Although Hallowed’s two founding members were originally from Ireland, Bono and Edge they are not, and if you like metal, that's a good thing. Ian O’Sullivan and Camillus Croke have reformed their band and are now set to release the follow up to their 2003 debut “Forgotten People.”

Upon my first listen to the EP (2009 promo), which features a selection of songs off the upcoming full-length "Seed of Nephilim," I was unimpressed to say the least, but over the course of the week as I was previewing it, the music really grew on me. By no means is this the most mature metal effort I have ever reviewed, but it is one that shows much potential. These guys go right for the 80’s era thrash jugular and don’t let go. Not only do they emulate it, they nail it.

The lyrics and their delivery are, in my opinion, the weak spots of the album. I found myself waiting for the singer to do something a little left of center with his vocal delivery or stray away from the typical cliche topics with the lyrics, but alas, he stayed pretty true to the 80’s cookie cutter format of metal singing and song writing. It's not that it's a bad thing, it just made for very predictable song formats. The saving grace to the lyric dilemma is the really catchy hook-heavy choruses on tracks like “Hear You Scream” and “Air of Paranoia.” Tracks like “What Lies Within” displays the bands true potential, allowing you to see what could come from them in the future. What this band lacks in finesse, it more than makes up for with its brand of really fun to listen to throwback old school riffing.

I am a huge fan of many forms of metal, one of my top two being old school/classic metal. Although not knocking it all the way out of the park on this one, this effort definitely have placed them on my radar. They are not quite there, but are well on their way, and I look forward to future releases from the band.

Highs: Big hook-heavy choruses, along with strong old school metal riffing carried this release.

Lows: I would have liked to have heard more experimentation with the lyrics and their delivery.

Bottom line: This is a decent metal offering that is fun to listen to and shows the potential for the band to have great releases in the future.

Rated 3 out of 5 skulls
3 out of 5 skulls

Rating Description
Rated 5 out of 5 skulls Perfection. (No discernable flaws; one of the reviewer's all-time favorites)
Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls Near Perfection. (An instant classic with some minor imperfections)
Rated 4 out of 5 skulls Excellent. (An excellent effort worth picking up)
Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls Good. (A good effort, worth checking out or picking up)
Rated 3 out of 5 skulls Decent. (A decent effort worth checking out if the style fits your tastes)
Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls Average. (Nothing special; worth checking out if the style fits your taste)
Rated 2 out of 5 skulls Fair. (There is better metal out there)
< 2 skulls Pretty Bad. (Don't bother)