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Himsa Hail Horror


01. Anathema 02. Sleezevil MP3 03. The Destroyer 04. Pestilence 05. Wither 06. Wolfchild 07. Seminal 08. They Speak In Swarms 09. Calling In Silent 10. Send Down Your Reign
2006 Prosthetic Records
Our score 6

1/23/2006

The year is 2001 and a newly-rejuvenated (and re-tooled) Himsa have just released their first EP of straight-up metal, Death Is Infinite. Myspace.com does not yet exist, and metalcore has not yet become the new nu-metal. The band fails to create even a ripple in a hardcore scene that, while having harbored metal influences for years, still fails to come clean about it. Guitarist Kirby Johnson's love for classic thrash and especially Slayer was responsible for the newfound ferocity Himsa displayed on that EP, and had the band stayed their course, Hail Horror would have followed a year or so later. Instead, it strangely arrived five years later. Much like the EP was, Hail Horror is a hodgepodge of sturdy thrash metal and hardcore ingredients that will probably broaden their fan base as the once-common labels of "In Flames ripoffs" begin to recede. However, those spoiled by and thus accustomed to Himsa's exceptionally harmonious and remarkably cohesive 2003 album Courting Tragedy and Disaster, will be somewhat lost on Hail Horror's merits, of which there are definitely some. Little are many of Himsa's Courting... fans aware, then, of the band's wildly-varied past, when they were more an experimental (and even somewhat political) rock group on Groundbreaking Ceremony than anything remotely close to what people now know them as. They already completed 180 degree overnight shifts in style in the past, so tweaking their sound while remaining decidedly metal would be child's play these days. The question raised by Hail Horror is: Has this child gone too far for his previous fans to recognize him Deep down though, just like many of Himsa's newer crop of fans, I was eager for Hail Horror to keep the Courting... principle of melody intact. But the guitarist who joined Himsa in time to almost single-handedly compose the superb guitars on Courting..., Nicke Anderson ala-Hellacopters look-alike Sami Curr, departed from the band's ranks soon after its recording, and oddly enough, returned only recently to commence what is sure to be a grueling cycle of touring. During his lengthy absence, Hail Horror was primarily written by Kirby Johnson with some help from Curr's replacement Matt Wicklund, who has since left the band. This almost single-handedly explains why Hail Horror sits much more comfortably next to the Death Is Infinite EP than Courting... After two relatively unceremonious yet punchy tracks to kick off Hail Horror, the real guitar work gets going on "The Destroyer," with a Tempo Of The Damned-styled Exodus riff controlling the verses; however the rest of the song is filled with low-note, mid-paced riffs and hardcore breakdowns. The bulk of Himsa's fans will perk up once "Pestilence" hits the speakers, with a Sami Curr Gothenburg riff opening it up, followed by some off-beat thrashing like on "Kiss Or Kill" from Courting..., and a newer Shadows Fall-type chorus providing its peaks. Probably the only tracks that could have fit on Courting... are "Wolfchild" and "Seminal" with their constant melody and succinct arrangements. And with admired producer Tue Madsen at the helm this time, it makes one wonder how impressive Hail Horror would have sounded if it were as uniform as Courting... was. Bottom Line: There is much more breathing room on Hail Horror than on Courting Tragedy and Disaster, which will probably split fans down the middle. From the tedious chorus of "Anathema," to the lengthy intros and drawn-out notes of "Wither," Himsa either set out to or ended up writing an album that hangs together more loosely than the critically-acclaimed album that put them where they are today. Due to guitarist Sami Curr's relative absence from Himsa during the writing process of Hail Horror, it would strike me that they did the best they could under the circumstances. Perhaps they will again skip an album before giving Courting... a proper follow-up, which would be noble, but I won't hold this change in style against them. Hail Horror is a decent album that will likely keep them rising in the competitive American metalcore scene.

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Ash_ 1/23/2006 3:42:28 PM

There are 5 paragraphs to this review and the actual review of the record starts in paragraph 4. I feel like I'm still stuck in a flashback. Plus, I would have given it a 7/10.


Simon_Belmont_ 1/23/2006 3:46:08 PM

holy shit, fire this gay. not saying i like the album, but this review blows


gozer_ 1/23/2006 3:46:38 PM

himsa=the new nu-metal the singer should get better gloves.


ghetto_paul_ 1/23/2006 3:49:09 PM

lol @ micheal gluck trying to write a coherent sentence.


Dethroned_ 1/23/2006 3:51:18 PM

Jesus Christ guys, from what his name tells us he's a wolfchild. Seriously how many wolves (young wolves) can even understand english? Give him a break.


anonymous 1/23/2006 3:52:25 PM

what? wolfchild isn't his name, dumbass


anonymous 1/23/2006 3:53:50 PM

hahahahahahahahahahaha


manbitesdog_ 1/23/2006 3:59:58 PM

you think he can't serve up even bigger run-on sentences and total subject/verb logjams? think again, friends. why say in one clause what you can say in sixteen?


warmageddon_ 1/23/2006 4:07:04 PM

manbitesdog is a f*cking douchebag. i hope your kids die.


anonymous 1/23/2006 4:07:25 PM

yay! mbd is back!


truthsayer_ 1/23/2006 4:14:38 PM

This is perhaps the most incoherant review I've ever read on lambgoat.


XOmeletX_ 1/23/2006 4:19:13 PM

I got about two paragraphs into this review before I stopped reading it. I understand providing context for a review, but this just sucked.


anonymous 1/23/2006 4:19:49 PM

"However, those spoiled by and thus accustomed to Himsa's exceptionally harmonious and remarkably cohesive 2003 album Courting Tragedy and Disaster, will be somewhat lost on Hail Horror's merits, of which there are definitely some." you have got to be f*cking kidding with this sentence


Strongarm_ 1/23/2006 4:31:21 PM

Regardless of what he may have said or tried to say, his point was simple and accurate: This album should have been incredible follow-up to the amazing "Courting Tragedy and Disaster" but instead was a dissapointing one due to the temporary departure of Sami Curr. It's a decent album from what I've heard, but I know that a proper "Courting" sequel is in the furture, it just has to be.


redandblackink_ 1/23/2006 4:54:01 PM

this review sucks almost as much as himsa. whatever it takes to get rid of michael gluck, do it.


hxcobd_ 1/23/2006 5:10:38 PM

This band rules, hardxcore!!!!


Xote_ 1/23/2006 5:24:01 PM

this review sucks almost as much as himsa. whatever it takes to get rid of michael gluck, do it. I agree


Sami Curr_ 1/23/2006 5:30:14 PM

Hey guys, sorry I didn't write the album like last time


anonymous 1/23/2006 5:33:24 PM

reading this review is like figuring out a rubix cube.


Michael Gluck_ 1/23/2006 5:42:17 PM

haha a true compliment


sumballo_botrues_ 1/23/2006 6:14:37 PM

this guy may be retarded.


panzram_ 1/23/2006 7:04:54 PM

Gluck's reviews are my favorite thing about Lambgoat.


marching_band_rules_ 1/23/2006 9:28:17 PM

i hate this reviewer. metalcore is the new nu-metal...ok, call out a perfect murder in another interview.


grindmyass_ 1/24/2006 12:58:46 AM

Slipknot = Converge


anticontent_ 1/24/2006 9:16:20 AM

for all my "Hailing of Horror" I will stick to Sigh.


peepee_ 1/24/2006 10:17:53 AM

hahaha! what a terrible review/band.


ToiletFleet_ 1/24/2006 10:49:51 AM

You're not erudite, you're not well-spoken. You write the way homosexuals f*ck: in truck stop bathrooms nineteen at a time, and everybody will probably end up getting the HIV.


Strongarm_ 1/24/2006 1:33:09 PM

Has anyone even heard "Courting Tragedy and Disaster". Until you do, you have no business making any comments here.


Derek Harn_ 1/24/2006 2:56:10 PM

Good point


john_doe_ 1/24/2006 4:20:10 PM

what the f*ck is he trying to say with this review other than 'i can't write a coherent cd review to save my life'?


TheWood_ 1/24/2006 4:32:12 PM

Whether you like Himsa or not, I'm not sure if you can label them metalcore...that is, if you've actually heard them.


xdivisivex_ 1/24/2006 5:37:49 PM

There were alot of great riffs and melody in the cd but it was ultimatly forgettable, but I still would rate it a 7/10.


hxcobd_ 1/24/2006 5:55:35 PM

oh man, this band rocks. I can't wait to mosh my heart out to them!!!!!


pettibone_ 1/24/2006 9:13:08 PM

incinerate...the harvest


TheReapersSon_ 1/25/2006 4:24:12 AM

I liked this album, just as I liked CTAD. I'll probably end up buying this CD. I dunno, maybe I just don't get swept up into the review chaos like most people do. If it sounds good to someone, I think they shouldn't care what people say about it.


TheReapersSon_ 1/25/2006 4:24:58 AM

Maybe it's because i've had a month and a half to pour over this cd's accomplishments and faults...


anonymous 1/25/2006 4:00:51 PM

Himsa is the best. not as good as courting tragedy but still 9/10.


jon_ 1/25/2006 4:53:56 PM

good review


anonymous 1/26/2006 9:27:43 PM

Can't wait to see these guys again at the ottobar. f*cking amazing live.


Disasemble_ 1/27/2006 8:20:44 AM

Amazing times 2304 live


fefef_ 1/30/2006 4:40:35 PM

album cover = 2 d00dz kissing


anonymous 2/3/2006 2:23:35 PM

woah, woah, woah, woah wait, the kid who wrote slipknot=converge was joking right??????


moshXmosh_ 2/5/2006 10:12:15 PM

i'll mosh all your faces off and then eat your faces and mosh some more.


Matt_ 2/12/2006 11:14:08 AM

well i listened to this album and i already frogot what it was like...but im going to see darkest hour and himsa plays with them...hope its not a waste


panzer_ 2/14/2006 8:23:48 PM

Ive given it a listen and it seems listenable. Will definatly keep it in my MP3 folder. Not sure if its gonna be worth a full purchase.