And Hell Followed With
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1. End of prosperity
2. A throne Enshrouded
3. Serpents beneath their hoods
4. Give breath to her memory
5. An Infestation
6. The pious, now corrupt
7. A whisper from sorrow
8. Legendary
9. Consumed by silence (Part 1)
10. Ancestral Deceit (Part 2)


The first and most noticeable thing about this cd is the production quality, which is pretty poor for a cd produced in 2008. I've heard self produced demo's and pre-pro tracks that sounded better than this.

Focusing solely on the music though, And Hell Followed With sounds at times like Cradle Of Filth vocally, as well as The Black Dahlia Murder. Definitely not a clone by any means, as these young guys are obviously more heavily influenced by Deathcore bands, but there are simliarities. When they bring in the highly predictable breakdowns and layered "Bree" vocals, that's when any trace of CoF/TBDM influence disappears.

And of course, we can't forget about the other predictable elements that are necessary to make a Deathcore album just that. Those being the obligatory 808 drops, and the Gang Shouted vocals that also show up on this album. There even seems to be a bit of that Nintendocore influence going on, as there are random quirky guitar parts thrown into several songs that simply bring a video game to mind.

The band does have talent though, as musically there's nothing much to say about that in a negative aspect. "JD" Wall's Drumwork is solid, the guitarwork of Pat hahn and Kyle McIlmurray is on point, Ryan Kendall's bass is audible. And despite lacking any truly distinguishing characteristics at this point, Nick Holland possesses a good set of pipes and displays a great vocal range for a young extreme metal screamer. And really, for a first full length in the extreme metal genre, you couldn't ask for much more than that.


And Hell Followed With have put forth a pretty solid first effort. If you're truly a stickler for production, this record might not be for you. Otherwise, for any fan of modern deathcore and the extreme metal scene, it's definitely worth at least a few spins (or "plays" for you digital folk).

Another factor that might turn some people away from this is the not so vague christian leaning in the lyrical content. It's almost vague enough to overlook, but not quite. So if you're the type that would simply rather not listen to anything with ties to any form of christianity, this record is not for you. If however, you could care less what the band is talking about so long as you like the music, then you should have no problem at all with this release.

RATING: 7/11

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