The opening and self-titled track for Hashem’s EP, New Life, sounds like it came from the late ’90s or early 2000s, and it’s poor production really hurts the feel of the album. About a minute into the song, the growls of “New Life” and its attempts at thrash metal are really the only things clear. The guitars sound flat on the EP; the vocals have no sharpness, no range and nothing that really engages the listener. The very subtle but technical drums hint at what can be, but right when the drums really start to get going, they are either covered up with a guitar solo, or the song will end. If the band were to bring the drums forward, focus less on the thrash and tone down the guitar solos, there could be a base for them to improve upon. However, their constant clashing of instruments reflects very poorly in their music.
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Death metal is no longer strictly a one-kind-of-sound genre but a cloud under which many elements have formed. We have assembled five must-hear death metal acts you should be listening to now, each distinctly set apart from another in form, yet still brethren in the death metal community.Full Feature More from In-Conquered
When rock emerged from blues and 'heavy metal' began to surface, faith-based metal acts also rose to start their own journeys. Initially shunned by both believers and non-believers, they were fighting for their spot at the table, ultimately building a legacy that would go on to change the genre forever. HM presents an oral history of the beginning of Christian metal music, featuring Guardian, Tourniquet, Holy Soldier, Whitecross, and, of course, Stryper.Full Feature More from Guardian