Hedon Cries-The End Of The Path Is Nigh
"We are Hedon Cries, a melodic Death/doom metal band from Greece". So began the e-mail that accompanied this promo. As I sat down at my computer waiting for the album to start up I said to myself "Self, I hope this isn't another one of those mental exercises where you have to try to stay alert while the album creeps along". Thankfully I was way off base. Can I throw the phrases classic rock and modern metal into this review without taking away from what Hedon Cries is aiming for? This album is the third release for this Greek band and "The End Of The Path Is Nigh..." is a surprising (at least for me) look at home grown and lovingly crafted melodic death metal with the "extra package" as it were. This thing certainly fits the mold of death/doom alright and yet the extra attention given to guitar solos left me smiling. Pulling in tiny bits of seventies rock is not going to see Hedon Cries get slapped with a "sell-out" tag as you really have to pay close attention to get it. Very likely most people will simply write it off as a fleeting moment. But when you get it you really GET IT. And Hedon Cries GETS IT. So, do yourself a solid on this Monday morning and head over to their website for a free download of "The End Of The Path Is Nigh...". Everybody wants something for nothing these days it seems and Hedon Cries have an offer you can't refuse! Melodic death/doom with shades of classic rock and modern metal created with such care and yet delivered like a lead pipe to your senses. Good times.