Album Review: And Hell Followed With – Chimerical Reality 7.8 (Deathcore)

Written by Zax

  • And Hell Followed With
  • Chimerical Reality
  • Deathcore/Melodic Death Metal
  • September 20, 2019
  • Hollowed Records
  • 7.8/10

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2019 has been a very interesting year for music, but metal in particular has seen a surplus of fantastic releases. Another thing that has characterized the year has been comebacks from artists we never knew we’d hear from again. These have come from the likes of Possessed, Tool, Exhorder, Annotations Of An Autopsy, and now we have a new EP from deathcore band And Hell Followed With. Some of these comebacks have been lackluster in my opinion, but some have been great. This EP falls into the latter category without a doubt.

After over 9 years since their critically acclaimed album “Proprioception” they’ve come back with a new project. They are one of the many deathcore bands that just stopped making music around the turn of the decade and that now have an almost legendary status among big deathcore fans. Among these were bands like Suffokate, Molotov Solution, and Beneath The Massacre.

Don’t ever let anyone tell you that deathcore is just chugging and breakdowns, cause those people are sorely mistaken, and this EP is proof of that. Seriously, the lead work on here is something to behold. A prime example of it is that solo on “The Notion Of Freedom” that absolutely shreds. That’s not to say that chugging brutality isn’t here, cause it most certainly is. The songs “Retribution” and “Empty & Hollow” in particular have some gnarly breakdowns. Their vocalist adds to the brutality with his combination of styles and techniques. He uses slam vocals, tunnel throats, and your standard low growls and they’re all performed exceptionally well.

The EP also shows a fair bit of maturity. There are a lot of melodic textures here, mainly driven by some of the lead work and the ambience going on in the back of the mix, as well as the piano that opens up and closes out the closing track. Huge props to whoever produced this as well, the whole thing sounds very grandiose and – for lack of a better word – epic. The album cover is very fitting for the atmosphere of the EP.

So yeah, this is a very welcome, and unexpected comeback. One thing I’ll always love about metal is our willingness to accept previously inactive bands back into the scene with open arms. I’m very happy to see this band return and i can’t wait to see what they do next!

7.8/10


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