"Long Gone Into Oblivion" (CD Baby;  2021)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Hellpie's "Long Gone Into Oblivion" is a crushing collection of heavy tracks that will either you leave you blistered or crushed beneath them, depending on the band's mood at the time.

"Long Gone Into Oblivion" starts off with the fast and furious "Rubber Bullets," a driving track that dances along the heavy metal/punk rock borderline. "Burned Alive" is up next, and it's one of my favorite tracks on the album. Slower, more deliberate and just as driving, this track reminds me of one of my favorite bands, Cirith Ungol. Things speed up on "Long Gone," although perhaps not as much on the opening track. "World of Pain" is up next, starting with the disarming sound effect of sea birds, and then folds into a staccato guitar and rhythm before sliding off into some atmospheric moments. "New Reality" is the longest track on the album, with a running time of close to ten minutes, and it starts of slow and almost eerie but picks up speed and heaviness on several occasions. Closing track, "Rise," pounds at you like a jackhammer until the album ands, again, brings to mind the mighty Cirith Ungol.

Those looking for something heavy, raw and just a little different could do worse than pick up Hellpie's "Long Gone Into Oblivion."

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.


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