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Southern Lord – 29th May 2020

Christopher Nosnibor

The title, Años En Infierno, translates as ‘Years in Hell’, and 2020 has felt like years condensed into what in reality amounts to just a few weeks. Time flies when you’re having fun, but drags for an eternity when you’re trapped in one place and life is slowly passing you by. On reflection, though, much of the time post-millennium has been pretty hellish and in myriad ways, and we have indeed endured years in hell – but right now, this moment in time feels abjectly apocalyptic, and the arrival of this album as a soundtrack seems timely.

Five years on from the savage assault that was Tierra Y Libertad, the Californian creators of the heaviest of metal haven’t gone light or soft on us, with a set of songs that switch the pace from breakneck double-pedal drum propelled thrash fury to slow, sinewy doom within the space of a single four-minute piece. Everything about Años En Infierno is dense, condensed, giving it a degree of intensity that truly hurts. It’s physical, pounding at the ribcage and raining blows to the head; but it’s also psychological. The guttural vocals and simply the style of playing exudes anguish, torment. The lyrics – bark, snarled, growled. Amd indecipherable by ear – offer a relentless succession of images of degradation, death, despair, although nothing different from watching or reading the news for a few minutes. This is the world now, and Xibalba soundtrack it perfectly, in that Años En Infierno is relentless, unforgiving, and so hard and heavy that to experience it from beginning to end is to take a thorough pummelling.

‘Saka’ brings a whole other shade of heavy, with thunderous tribal drumming hammering out a pulverizing percussive tattoo. The guitars churn, and they’re a pure filth that gnaws at the intestines: it’s a deeply physical experience, like being punched, repeatedly. When they’re going hard and fast, it’s blinding; when they slow it down, it’s to the pace of slow decay: the air hangs in thick suspension as time stalls to a crawl.

‘Al Abismo I’ marks a change of pace and also mood, with a slow picked, chorused guitar weaving a reflective atmosphere and drifting ponderously into expansive realm between latter day Earth and Fields of the Nephilim. It casts a different kind of darkness, and when the guitars do erupt, albeit briefly, it’s a landslide of sludge, an annihilating tornado of ferocious noise. The track bleeds into its furious counterpart, ‘Al Abismo II’, a guttural, grinding explosion from the bowels of hell. The mid-section breaks it down to a delicate, brooding post-metal chime, but then it goes full-on power-chord crushing dirge as it powers it way to its dark conclusion. It drives a punishing album to a monolithically heavy finale, while also hinting at a certain light on the horizon. We can only hope it will emerge in time.

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Ahead of their appearance at Bloodstock Open Air, Irish metallers This Place Hell have unveiled their latest video for new song ‘Filth’!

The band this to say on the track:

“This song is a 4-minute stomper, that deals with self-reflection, it’s about recognising the demons in yourself and knowing that you can change them.”

First premiered at Puregrain Audio, you can view the video here:

This Place Hell are a five piece metal band born out of a love for heavy riffs, and a desire to bring more energy to the Irish music scene. Exploding on to the local metal scene in 2014, the then four piece became notorious for their ferocious live shows “…that can only be described as organized chaos” (Shaun Martin, Overdrive.ie).

Since then the band toured extensively within Ireland, as well as venturing across to the UK, Czech Republic and even as far as Russia, showing why they’re known as “…a band that bring intensity unlike many others” (Steve Dempsey, Planetmosh.com). In between tours they released two EPs in Malice and Contempt, being described as “…heavy music to leave you breathless” (Dennis Jarman, Planetmosh.com) and “…a blistering collection of tracks that shows a band that have just taken the gloves off and are ready to take on the world” (Oran O’Beirne, Overdrive.ie). Playing shows with the likes of Heck, Employed To Serve, Jinjer and Dead Label, the band are eager to play as much as possible in as many places as possible.

The band have come into 2018 with new music recorded with Justin Hill formerly of Sikth, a scheduled return to Agressive Music Fest in Czech Republic, a support slot in their native Ireland with US legends DevilDriver and a spot at 2018’s Bloodstock Open Air Festival’s New Blood Stage having won Ireland’s Metal 2 The Masses competition. With new releases on the horizon, This Place Hell are hungrier than ever to bring their live show to stages across the world.

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