BANNED FROM HELL – FALL OF HUMANITY – SLIPTRICK
Italy-based Banned From Hell reminds one of the last two Star Wars films, Rogue One and The Force Awakens. There is an intro that sounds like Darth Vader will make an appearance any moment and the audience will be treated to an epic offering; instead. It is the same old and quite meaningless and powerless at that.
It is quite disappointing to have bands like these which have heavy riffs, some speed, a growling vocalist bla bla and the whole offering is so boring and mundane. It is like Boney M has more heaviness, imapct and power than this lot. Song after song is a by-the-numbers collection of sounds that go nowhere. It gets worse however. There are keyboards. Keyboards and metal go together like class/respect/integrity and dignity go with Silvio Berlusconi. Aside from that the band attempts a couple of clichéd ‘progressive’ synthesizer runs, the usual computerized ‘bass drums’ that rattle on with as much power as a kids’ model train and the vocalist stops to include the mandatory clean vocals on a song called… Hate of all things! The ten-minute long title track really says a lot more than the band intends. Let us not stop there, however, for the band’s monciker also does a lot of talking. Neither evil nor black metal these guys would of course not be permitted into hell.
Bottom-line: your ‘metal’ band is in trouble if the average Billy Idol song has more power and speed than you do. With that said, the singer does squeal enough, Amigdala has a nice rhythm and the guitarist provides enough of a lick here and there (on Murder Validation, for example) for the gang to deserve a 30/100. – Ali “The Metallian”