"Armageddon Mon Amour" (Candlelight; 2004)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

Hearse is yet another product of the Swedish metal scene's vast musician pool and this powerful metal trio, featuring Arch Enemy's initial vocalist, explores many different styles on "Armageddon Mon Amour."

The 11-track encounter, the band's second outing, showcases classic metal guitar runs (like the gripping solo found in "Determination") with hard rock compositions stamped into each tune. Death punk vocals screamed with a vengeance on "Play Without Rules" mesh with a touch of rock ambiance discovered on the lulling "Sodi," all with a strong emphasis on grooves especially on the doom-laden "Ticket to Devastation" and the anthemic stomp of "Turncoat."

Imagine Entombed, Faith No More and Deep Purple on the same festival bill, and that's what Hearse delivers in one album's worth of songs. Spanning the corners of metal and leaving no stone unturned, Hearse's diverse presentation makes for some of the most interesting compositions heard today. 

For more information, check out http://www.hearse.se

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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