Title - Kamikaze - 10 Years in the Slums
Artist - Hell in the Club
Recorded in 2021 to commemorate the decade since the release of their first album, Hell in the Club’s latest EP, Kamikaze - 10 Years in the Slums - is a five-piece flight of songs to celebrate the old, pay tribute to the even older, and revel in the new and exciting.
The Italian outfit - comprised of Andy Burrato (bass), Picco Piccoli (guitars), Marco Lazzarini (drums) and Dave Moras (vocals) - walk a line between a hard-punching, in-your-face hard rock sound, and certain near-metal vibe that makes you wish the listen was longer than only five tracks.
2. 10 Years in the Slums
3. He’s Back (The Man Behind the Mask)
4. Chainsaw Charlie (Murders in the New Morgue)
5. In Your Eyes 2021
The first of two title tracks, Kamikaze begins with a hypnotic opening riff, almost immediately going for the jugular with a distinctly hard rock sound and Piccoli working overtime with the guitar. The lyrics contain rather powerful imagery, reminding the listener to, “when the devil whispers in your ear, remember, have no fear and stay close to the flame…”
The second title track, 10 Years in the Slums, is the sort of tune that can get you a speeding ticket, so exercise caution if listening while behind the wheel. With lyrics like, “ten years in the slums/we don’t need your appreciation…” this track feels like a giant middle finger to the haters out there. This band has been around for a decade; they’ll do what they want, how they want.
And good for them.
In Your Eyes 2021 is a soul-stirring ballad (something nearly every band with power chords needs at least one of), containing such lyrics of devotion as “the only place I wanna go where I feel safe is in your arms…”.
A lovely sentiment, for sure. Moras takes the prize here on vocals, making the words bleed sincerity. The title is odd, though - it’s In Your Eyes 2021, but there is no song called In Your Eyes on any of their five previous full-length albums.
It doesn’t deviate too much from the source material, but definitely adds a unique flair of which, I think, Alice Cooper would be proud.
Chainsaw Charlie (Murders in the New Morgue) is the closest to what I envisioned being with big drum fills and blistering guitars. The title and some of the lyrics appear to riff on Edgar Allan Poe. “Murders in the New Morgue” seems to be a slight take on “Murders in the Rue Morgue,” a short story by Poe.
If that’s the case, this track alone is one step closer to making this lit nerd into a metalhead.
But, of course, the rest of the EP also helps. Here’s to another ten years, HITC.
Review by: Ashley J. Cicotte
Hell in the Club’s ‘Kamikaze - 10 Years in the Slums’ is available on all streaming platforms.
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