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Horsehunter – Caged in Flesh

Caged in Flesh
by Marcos “Big Daddy” Garcia at 22 February 2015, 11:49 AM

On 02/13/1970, Heavy Metal was born. That’s a fact, with the coming of “Black Sabbath” out of the Birmingham’s cellars, when finally Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Terry “Geezer” Butler and Bill Ward, the first BLACK SABBATH lineup, conjured the first Metal album of all times, and opened the doors to generations for over 45 years. Yes, they are our fathers, the creators of all that we love in music. But they transcend time as no other bands, being the greater inspiration for modern subgenres of Metal. And when we are dealing with the mix between Stoner Metal/Rock and Sludge Metal, we can understand the reason for “Black Sabbath”, “Paranoid” and “Master of Reality” being so influential. And we can feel the power of their influence on bands like the Australian quartet HORSEHUNTER, upon which their first album, “Caged in Flesh”, those Sabbathian influences can be clearly heard.

Thankfully, they’re not a carbon copy of the legendary English band, but rather touched by those oiled guitar riffs, insane screamed vocals, distorted bass guitars and strong drums work, that we associate with SABBATH. They have a very strong personality and a good potential to create aggressive and abrasive music, which they use to create very long songs. Three of them, “Stoned to Death”, “Caged in Flesh” and “Witchery” last more than 10 minutes. “Nightfall” in contrast is a short, good and introspective instrumental done in chords (guitars and bass only). Of course they are good as they are, but Big Daddy here fears that this feature can bother some Metalheads used to shorter songs. Tigran Fuzzmeister, the album’s producer, made the mixing as well, and Brad Boatright made the mastering. As a clear result, the sound is brutal, oiled and abrasive in terms quality, but not to the point to turn it all a into confused musical mess. It’s dirty, but with quality.

So in the end it’s good and honest, and Big Daddy here hopes they really can put their full musical potential out of their hearts on things to come.

3 Star Rating

1. Stoned to Death
2. Caged in Flesh
3. Nightfall
4. Witchery
Himi Stringer – Vocals, bass
Dan McDonald – Guitars
Michael Harutyunyan – Guitars, vocals
Nick Cron – Drums
Record Label: Magnetic Eye Records


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