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Horrors Of Hell follows up the groundbreaking and critically acclaimed Dechristianize masterpiece and serves as a setup for their new fulllength due this Fall. Horrors Of Hell collects their early demos and 7'' recordings in all their raw and ripping glory! A collector's dream come true! Century Media. 2006.
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The Black Mass (1991) 7"
Excruciating Pain (demo) (1990)
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Yes it's worth the price. Sounds like a cross between Blasphemy and Sepultura(Morbid Visions). Some great riffs on these demos. Best songs are "Of Pure Unholyness", "Human Sacrifice", "Resurrected", "Excrutiating Pain".
Working in reverse chronological order, the album begins with the two tracks that comprised Vital Remains' 1991's single "Black Mass," "Of Pure Unholyness" and "Frozen Terror." Both of which are blistering cuts of inexorably brutal, Morbid Angel-worshipping black/death metal with smoking, steamrolling guitars (including, in the case of the latter song, blazing solos), blasting drums, grumbling bass, and Celtic Frost/Hellhammer-inspired shrieking vocals. The next five songs, taken from 1990's "Excruciating Pain" demo, almost play like full-on, groove-oriented thrash. (The most memorable of which, "Fallen Angels," could be a "Reign In Blood"-era Slayer b-side, with its Dave Lombardo-styled cymbal rides, intricate chainsaw guitar riffing, and fast, shredding, trade-off solos.) A few remnants reminiscent of latter-day Vital Remains songs do surface, here, though, such as the doomy breakdowns in "Resurrected," and the pummeling blast beats in "Excruciating Pain." The album closes out with perhaps the best set of songs, 1989's "Reduced To Ashes" (the first-ever demo recorded by V.R.). Even upon remastering, these six songs still sound like a horribly under-produced basement recording of a band possessing more enthusiasm than instrumental skill. The end result is a very primal, raw, and sloppy sound, with the guitars sounding dirty, and the drums sounding like they're in a cardboard box. Standouts of this batch include the very Possessed/early Sepultura-inspired piece of early blackened-tinged death metal (Vital Remains' title track); the Sarcofago and Repulsion-reminiscent near-grind of "Smoldering Burial"; and "More Brains" (which boasts propulsive, muscular riffing, catchy, shouted vocals, Necrophagia-esque gory lyrics, and several small bass solos trading off with screaming, Slayer-esque guitar solos.)
In short, "Horrors Of Hell" is one heckuva stopgap release in that it is not essential for casual Vital Remains fans. But if you are a diehard fan who is looking for something to satisfy your craving until the band gets around to kicking out another full-length, what more are you waiting for?!
The cheeseball dime-a-dozen riffs, ungodly horrible production (I can't imagine what the demos sounded like before they were "remastered"), sloppy playing, and hilarious "snarling vocals" add up to a hell of an experience. I guess if I was 11 years old and had never heard death metal, this could possibly be cool -- but it would have to be 1986. These guys seemed to be behind their time even in the early days, why would they want to show this to everyone with a 2006 release of such rubbish? Just my opinion, but this one really rubbed me the wrong way.