"Into the Empty" (Hour of Anguish; 2020)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

It took a couple of listens for Hour of Anguish's "Into the Empty" to really grow on me, and I mean "a couple" literally. Two. The first time I was in my car and listening to mp3s through in the car stereo through my phone. The second time I was sitting at my desk, writing. I don't know if the different locations had anything to do with it or not but the second time I listened I really liked the band's crushing paces, their rolling guitar riffs, their metallic growls and especially their melodic choruses. "Into the Empty" has a big, thick melodic death metal sound that's all the more amazing when you realize that it's a two person band.

My favorite tracks were the infectious "Denial," the Godzilla stomp of the title track and the surprisingly soulful "Left in Mourning."

Fans of In Flames, Dark Tranquillity and the like will find something to their taste on "Into the Empty."

Hours of Anguish: Andreas Henriksson; RL Potts.

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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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