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On disc: HurtLocker

- Embrace The Fall - Claudia Ehrhardt - 6 stars

Embrace The Fall

Embrace The Fall
(Napalm Records - 2007)

HurtLocker was founded around the turn of the century in Chicago by singer Grant Belcher and guitarist Tim Moe. After some demos and opening slots for bands like Obituary and Turmoil they released in 2006 their debut Fear In A Handful Of Dust.
Fast, heavy riffs and a scream lead into I Am Napalm. Musically the guys from Windy City play technical thrash with death metal elements and growls. Fat riffs and fast double-bass drum attacks force them ahead, after a break they slow down a little, just to push the accelerator down again. With They you get another fast neck breaker with crunchy riffs. Grant Belcher is adding menacing growls and aggressive hardcore shouts... Let Them Die is more based in thrash metal - at least in the beginning -, then they head again to death metal fields. At Outside Are The Dogs they drift into crossover fields for a moment... But this varying part makes the song stick out.
Blasting beats, rapid-fire riffs and venomous vocals that sums up the music of HurtLocker quite well. Well done, but nothing outstanding... No new ideas... But a decent output. Fans of Bay Area thrash who like some death metal, should check them out first. I recommend Let The Die, They and Outside Are The Dogs. Fans of Thrash'n'Death will get what they are longing for.

6 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt


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