Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Review: Hod - The Uncreated Demo

In 2007 not only did Texas ensemble Hod form, but they released their initial demo, Cry and Piss Yourself, before following it up with their debut full-length album Serpent in 2009. Aside from local shows, the band gradually diminished from sight after issuing a promised beginning and it was starting to look like these two releases would be all that we would hear from them; until now. With three tracks coming in a hefty 12 minutes, The Uncreated Demo is the first release to come from Hod in four years. 

Genre: Black Metal, Death Metal
Label: Self-released/independent
Release Date: April 15th, 2013
  1. Beneath the Mountains of the Scorpion
  2. I Am the Destroyer
  3. When the Ghouls Feed
Total Playtime: 12 minutes, 05 seconds

In 2007 not only did Texas ensemble Hod form, but they released their initial demo, Cry and Piss Yourself, before following it up with their debut full-length album Serpent in 2009. Aside from local shows, the band gradually diminished from sight after issuing a promised beginning and it was starting to look like these two releases would be all that we would hear from them; until now. With three tracks coming in a hefty 12 minutes, The Uncreated Demo is the first release to come from Hod in four years.

Once again, Hod comes on strong with The Uncreated Demo as the content explores an immense creative range within it's too-short duration. Constantly evolving, the material undergoes a rapid flow that finds each instrument on a new pattern every few seconds. Although there's not a lot of technicality present, the compositions are far from simple and are some of the more elaborate efforts heard on a demo. Each track has it's own unique presence and features that will leave the audience coming back for repeat listens over and over again.


The presence of the drums are very strong, however they're also overwhelming and consume the guitar in the latter two tracks. The guitar uses fast flurries of technique changes that take advantage of the medium-low to medium-high fretboard range and implement everything from tremolo picking to palm-muted powerhouse riffs to slamming strums. The bass is rich and loud, showing off its bellowing lines that follow in rhythm with the drums in "Beneath the Mountains of the Scorpion". Pulling off some of the most hellish growls heard in ages, the vocals are diabolically deep and the singer embellishes the material with his meaty contribution.

Hod have definitely pulled off an amazing, detailed and brutiful comeback with The Uncreated Demo, something that few other opening acts have been able to accomplish. These guys should be seeing a label signing or extensive tour soon given the majestic creativity of their content. Unless it's grindcore, it should be quality over quantity and that's exactly what Hod deliver here. Make sure to check this one out on their Bandcamp!

Digital Download Provided by: Earsplit PR

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