PURE SWEET HELL - THE VOYEURS OF UTTER DESTRUCTION AS BEAUTY - CRASH
Van Williams, the drummer for Nevermore, is behind the exquisitely-titled Pure Sweet Hell and its debut album, The Voyeurs Of Utter Destruction As Beauty. If the album's title is puzzling, then the band's diverse music is as elusive in description. It is not that Pure Sweet hell is ever tender or sedate, but the thirteen tracks on the disc veer from heavy to thrash metal to punk and even to mallcore. Forgetting the latter transgression as a lapse in judgment, the majority of the album is filled up with slamming big riffs and noisy passages. The band uses technology, samples and other noice-inducing means, but one gets the feeling that they are more a function of the availability of technology than an intentional direction for the trio. Then again, the artwork, titles and lyrics clearly mean business. A project, but more than a side-project, Pure Sweet Hell is loud, brash and in-your-face. - Ali "The Metallian"