Hellgeist will rock your world with its groove-powered metalcore music, and you’ll find yourself thrashing your head against a wall to their newest self-titled CD.
This foursome from Italia has an unorthodox way of playing and writing their music, as the bass and drums fuel the groove elements, while the guitars go off into interesting riffs and rhythms that kind of sound out of place, but yet they blend in and fit the rest of the song well. Track number eight has that marching off to war feel to it before it breaks out into some simplistic groove and rhythms, good enough to mosh until you drop. The 29 minutes worth of stage diving and slam worthy music goes by pretty quick, so I can only imagine how fast their music would go by in a concert setting. It’s the punchy energy and a blast of big drumming arrangements makes for some great listening here. Hellgeist is pretty good for the style of groove metalcore they play, nothing that has not been done before, but these guys do it very well as their musicianship is very tight and executed with total professionalism.
The album was produced non-other than Tommy Talamanca of Nadir Music, who definitely knows how to bring out the best in the bands he works with, and his engagement with Hellgeist in the studio has brought out the best in this quartet. Tommy is a very talented producer and knows how to make musicians and bands shine.
Their album artwork is pretty creepy, with a depiction of a prisoner-like individual sitting in some jail cell in a dark, dank dungeon. I can also see these guys getting some airplay on heavy metal radio shows at colleges and online. These guys are good at what they do, though it was not my cup of tea. [Nadir Music] Sarjoo Devani