Saturday 30 September 2017

HELA - Death May Die (Album Review)

Release date: October 21st 2017. Label: LP Lay Bare Recordings / / CD Digipack: Discos Macarras, Cosmic Tentacles, Música Híbrida. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

Death May Die – Tracklisting

1.The Gateway 02:50
2.Mother of Monsters 09:25
3.Touched by Evil 08:51
4.Dark Passenger 10:03
5.Repulsion 08:26
6.Bodies in Hell 03:49


Mireia Porto: vocals & guitars
Julián Velasco: guitars
Tano Giménez: bass
Miguel Fernández: drums


I didn't know what to expect with Hela's new album – Death May Die. As this was my first introduction to Hela's extraordinary dark doom world. I was pleasantly surprised with Hela's take on all things Doom Metal and Alternative Rock. The album can be very expansive and emotionally driven at times but that matches the overall feel and mood of the album.

Opening track – The Gateway – is a superb slice of drone based doom sounds with an eerie and haunting atmosphere being created in the background. Normally I would complain that a song such as this could have used some vocals but Hela made the right choice in opening with a instrumental song.

Second track – Mother Of Monsters – is the first of 4 epic songs that appear on the album and this is perhaps the standout song on the album with Mireia's vocals creating a fine line between 90s Alt Rock and modern sounding Doom style chants. The music is a mixture of Psychedelic Doom, Hard Rock and classic sounding 90s Alt Rock riffs.

The other songs on the album Touched By Evil, Dark Passenger and Repulsion all carry on the dark progressive themes that can be heard within Mother Of Monsters. Though Hela inject a more world weary and heavier Doom Metal atmosphere on the later stages of the album. Maybe the band could have experimented with their sound more but that may have taken away the haunting and emotional message hidden with the album.

The lyrics are superbly written throughout with Hela expressing themselves on a more emotional level that elevates this album onto greater levels. Death May Die is a breathtaking album and one that Hela should be rightly proud of.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Mathieu at Lay Bare Recordings for the promo.

Death May Die is available to buy on Vinyl from Lay Bare Recordings and CD Digipack: Discos Macarras, CosmicTentacles, Música Híbrida.