Bombs of Hades - The Serpent's Redemption (Pulverised Records)
By: Mike Sloan
[8/10] Apparently the new wave of New Wave of Swedish Death Metal hasn’t died just yet because Sweden’s Bombs of Hades is about to go quasi-old school on the metal world. Luckily for said world, The Serpent’s Redemption picks up right where their debut LP Chambers of Abominations from 2010 left off. In fact, The Serpent’s Redemption trumps that album in virtually every aspect and then some.
Sporting a rather typical Swedish sound complete with buzz saw guitars and raspy vocals, Bombs of Hades’ potent and lethal combination of Wolverine Blues-era Entombed, Hating Life-era Grave and Massive Killing Capacity-era Dismember is a treat to absorb. However, aside from the overplayed homages to Sweden’s Big Three (though Bombs of Hades doesn’t rip off their sound), they also inject a healthy dose of Celtic Frost-inspired tempos and riffs, but much thrashier and violent along the lines of Goatwhore.
Every song on The Serpent’s Redemption is catchy and wrought with power and energy. The songs will stick on one’s head, particularly the infectious “Burn” with its 1980s/early ‘90s chorus. The production is crisp and clear, but thankfully it hasn’t been sterilized in the studio’s operating room. The instruments have all been captured in their raw, savage glory, something that is sorely lacking in so many of today’s releases.
Bombs of Hades switch gears smoothly, too. They change tempos from fast and fiery to slower and heavy, but they are able to harness their ability to where when one song is a virtual polar opposite of another – like the title track compared to “Skull Collector” - they are effortless. With the perfect number of songs (eight) and clocking in at just a hair past 38 minutes, the album never comes close to wearing out its welcome.
To say the least, The Serpent’s Redemption is a fantastic album to scoop up. Bombs of Hades has enjoyed a sizeable amount of groundswell ever since they burst onto the scene and it’s now only a matter of time before these guys start to really come into their own and garner much more success and exposure. If they continue to create albums as powerful as this one, Bombs of Hades can easily fit onto the next generation Mount Rushmore of Swedish death metal, as well as the annals of Swedish metal history. Definitely gobble this album up, readers.