Swedish black 'n' rollers Gehennah have been around for more than 20 years, and are only now giving us a second full album since 1997's 'Decibel Rebel'. What I term as a full length album is more accurately termed as a Motörhead and Venom flavoured knuckle sandwich! A veritable riot of beer and whiskey swilling metal mayhem...........sound good?
Well it is!
You must have heard the term 'Never judge a book by it's cover'. Trust me now and ignore it. This does EXACTLY what it says on the label of this incredible can of whoop ass called "Too Loud To Live Too Drunk To Die". As I write I'm giving it a third playthrough (just to be sure). Am I bored yet? Not in the slightest. I type now with a grin as big as a Cheshire cat, my feet tapping to the machine gun drumbeat and head nodding like a nutter.
Opening with the track 'Still The Elite' was a good move. I have fond memories of jumping around like a loon at many a Motorhead gig with my comrades in arms doing the same whle drinking and spilling copious amounts of beer in the process. This is the way rawness on a record should sound. Some of the timing is a bit off in places but I really didn't give a shit, I was having a wail of a time listening. Every track on here has an anthemic quality, with very catchy choruses and easy to follow gang vocals. I imagine that seeing these guys do a live show would be very fun experience indeed.
High and low points really don't apply here. The whole thing is fucking loud, really aggressive and incredible fun. This is a band with a sense of humour, that much is obvious. As fans of Gehennah will know, the individual members have taken on very funny monickers with Mr Violence on vox (hmm...Nathan Explosion Metalocalypse comes to mind), Rob Stringburner on guitar, Hellcop on drums, and Charley Knuckleduster on bass. Yes I chuckle with mirth even now. After a bad day at the office, forget going for a run or hitting the punchbags. Sticking this mega album on the hi-fi accompanied with a six pack of beers is just what the doctor ordered.
Words by Paul Clarke.