Review: VHÖL – Deeper Than Sky

3.5 OUT OF 5 NUTS!

vhol-deeperthanskyMetalheads looking for a fix might find it worthwhile to check out Deeper Than Sky, the second album from West Coast (U.S.) band VHÖL. Mind you, Deeper Than Sky is heavier than most music we discuss at Rocknuts — a LOT heavier — but that doesn’t mean the album isn’t a lot of fun to listen to.

VHÖL mix and match several different metal styles as the album flip flops effortlessly between thrash, hardcore, black metal, and then some. The craftsmanship is high quality here, and the band manages to mix it all together into something majestic.

The album kicks off with “The Desolate Damned,” an opener that is at first reminiscent of “Blackened” by Metallica and serves as a fine beginning to the wild ride that is to come. It’s loud, aggressive, high-energy, and yet VHÖL manages to bring a beauty to it.

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Deeper Than Sky progresses through seven songs over 42 minutes, with both quick blasts of hardcore and longer, more drawn out epic tracks. Perhaps the most intriguing track is the crazy instrumental “Paino,” which proves that a piano solo can be just as metal as anything.

It may peak a little early, but metal fans will find plenty to like on Deeper Than Sky. At it’s best, it’s just a joy to listen to.

Release Date: Oct. 23, 2015

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