Hellbeard are back. And what a fuck'n e.p. they put out. Ever since I heard "Black Snail" on youtube, I've been waiting on some new Hellbeard. Their first album, "Scarecrow" was a solid album. And with Dark/Light, they take their sound to a whole other level.
Dark/Light features 3 track, which are the best and heaviest songs that Hellbeard have played. Once the first track, "Maiden of Mercy", starts to play, you knew that this is going to be a totally different Hellbeard. The one thing that I like about this song is during the middle, they play a really nice doom riff, which then goes to something more ambient. "Light" is probably my favorite. When I hear this song, there's a "Time & Grace" feel to it. And of course I loved those tribal-esque drum beats during the end of the track. And then we have "River's End" to finish up. Has a nice 90's hardcore metal riff and then a sweet guitar solo.
The production was well done. The vocals have gotten very intense from the last album. Great guitar work and of course the rhythm section sound great. I would have loved to hear a studio version of "Black Snail", But after hearing the new e.p., I really don't know how it will fit. For sure this is a whole new Hellbeard. And this new Hellbeard makes me want to punch Hitler even harder. A awesome e.p. if you enjoy post-metal, sludge, and doom.
To purchase Dark/Light, go to https://hellbeard.bandcamp.com/album/dark-light