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Holy Hydra : Rise Of The Hydra (Demo)

Holy Hydra treads the path of Crowbar, the least trodden amongst the old-school Doom/Sludgers.

I am at a loss as to explain how a seven-headed beast of the marshlands can be holy, or how this, more likely, metaphorically describes the oppressive melancholy found on this disk. Yet apparently the hydra is divine, and I find it hard to object. This filth is brilliant!

Holy Hydra was a German salute to all things Crowbar and its reign of brutality lasted from 2007 to 2010. Very few bands ever chose to follow in Crowbar's footsteps - those that come to the top of my mind are Cruevo, Eibon, 137, and 3D House of Beef - and thus this is a very welcome release for those who preferred their Doom/Sludge as brutal as a fight with sledgehammers amongst sewage gravel. I would even claim that 'Rise Of The Hydra' is more thus welcome than most of the bands I namedropped, they have stayed true to the oldschool path whose ugliness is unembellished by modern influences.

So Holy Hydra has kept from cleaning the rusty syringes of Crowbar, and that should be description enough to determine whose taste this is. But if I haven't been clear enough: this is your cup of spillage if you're into the murder of filthy heroin addicts who wallow in their own waste in their narrow concrete tunnels. This disgusting dystopy has naturally remained underground and, though now re-printed by Baskat Recordings, it is still an album that has remained almost unheard of.

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Reviewer's rating: 9/10


Tracklist :
1. Intro
2. The Pain & I
3. Wasted Years
4. Until The End Of Everything
5. The Blood On Our Hands
6. I Stand Alone

Duration : Approx. 35 minutes

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Reviewed on 2015-04-05 by Arnstein H. Pettersen
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