Following up on last year’s critically acclaimed LP, The Red Sect, North Carolina’s ALL HELL return with their Prosthetic Records debut album proper, The Grave Alchemist. Featuring 12 driving, raucous blackened thrash songs, the album also shows a maturity and growth for these Asheville natives who previously had their punk rock roots show through. Many of the tracks have a doomier, heavier sound, though the band still lets their violent thrash loose all throughout the record. The combining of genres is what ALL HELL has always done best and this time they’ve greatly stepped it up, incorporating more elements into their sound while maintaining solid, fluid songs.
Recommended for fans of NWOBHM / Classic Heavy Metal / Darkthrone / early Satyricon.