ALBUM STRAIGHT TO HELL
LABEL Fighter Records
OUT Oct 6th, 2020
OUR RATING 85/100
Spanish HM band VHÄLDEMAR are out with their 6th album " Straight to Hell ", which was released on October 6th, 2020 on CD, 12"LP and Cassette through Fighter Records , MDD Records in G/A/S and Red Rivet Records in Japan.
Production of "Straight to Hell" took place at the Chromaticity Studios of the band's guitarist and producer Pedro J. Monge.
Vhäldemar were born in late 90s in Bizkaia, when guitarist Pedro J. Monge put togheter a band with singer and guitarist Carlos Escudero.
In June 2001 they recorded a demo that served to sign with Arise Records, followed by the debut album debut album, "Fight to the End", in March 2002.
At the end of 2003 VHÄLDEMAR publishes his second album, "I Made my Own Hell", In 2007 they released their third album “Metal of the World” followed by “Shadows of Combat" in 2013.
In 2017 they signed a contract with Fighter Records for several albums, the first release was the reissue of their first two albums "Fight to the End" ('02) and "I Made my Own Hell" ('03) on a double CD, with 5 bonus tracks and totally remastered sound that was released on April 21, 2017.
On May 4, they released the digipack EP entitled “Old King's Visions” with 5 songs that serve as a preview of their new album "Against All Kings" which is released in November 2017 through Fighter Records worldwide and RRR. in Japan.
In 2018 Fighter Records reissues the album "Shadows Of Combat"
In 2019 Fighter Records reissues the album "Metal Of The World"
The presentation tour of the album "Against All Kings" has taken them during 2018 - 2019 to perform 42 concerts in Spain, Japan, Russia, Holland and France.
This new STRAIGHT TO HELL starts with DEATH TO THE WIZARD, a smart blend of classic and power metal, reminding the freshness of band such as PRIMAL FEAR of the current day.
Scratchin’ vocals when it needs, roaring bass, powerful drums and strong guitar riffing..right ingredients for a great recipe!
In MY SPIRIT all sounds great with a right dose of musicality and with brilliant solo parts (a trademark of the band).
AFTERLIFE shows European power metal elements with keyboards inserts, present in solo parts with guitar.
The title track shows a more classic rhythms with a production so powerful and clear.
DAMNATION’S HERE is a strong attack, before FEAR, classic with solo parts to remark..surely oneof our favorite.
So fresh following HELL IS ON FIRE and BLACK MAMBA, while WHEN IT’S ALL OVER provides more lilting and epic vibes.
The last shot is OLD KING’S ..which ends in the best way a brilliant album by a band sure of itself.
TO SUGGEST WITHOUT HESITATION!
Carlos Escudero VC
Pedro J. Monge GT
Raúl Serrano BG
Jonkol Tera KB
1. Death to the Wizard 03:25
2. My Spirit 03:58
3. Afterlife 03:49
4. Straight to Hell 03:23
5. Damnation's Here 03:50
6. Fear 05:33
7. Hell Is on Fire 03:32
8. Black Mamba 04:16
9. When It's All Over 04:26
10. Old King's Visions (VI) 04:48
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