Hell – Darkhangel (Song Review)

“Read the rites, cast the spell, call the chaos lords of Hell”

I loved Hell’s 2013 album Curse & Chapter but Darkhangel cast a particularly strong spell over me. It reminds me of two of my favourite British bands, combining Sabbat’s medieval thrash with Cradle Of Filth’s theatrical horror. And it shifts from goosebumps catchy (“from thy kingdom will come”) to esoteric tongue-twisting (“whose might unmarred the maker’s mind unmade”) with intense flair. Best of all, when vocalist David Bower performed Darkhangel live he did it dressed as a 12ft-tall horned Pan on stilts while twirling a firework-spouting trident like a catherine wheel. He knew that a song this good deserves mad props.

[And the live version]

12 thoughts on “Hell – Darkhangel (Song Review)”

  1. I do most things dressed as a 12ft-tall horned Pan on stilts while twirling a firework-spouting trident like a Catherine wheel. It can be a bit of a bugger on my commute though.

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  2. Yeah, I’ve been obsessed with this band since the Curse & Chapter release. Darkhangel is just masterful metal, easily top 5 all time metal songs. It really is a shame, as I think the guitarist has done his hand in, and one of the others has some family commitments and Andy Sneap, well, Priest. I don’t think I’ll ever get a chance to see them live.

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    1. Masterful is right, Such a brilliant song and album. Wish more people knew about the band. I didn’t know about the guitarist’s hand injury, that’s a shame. Would be very surprised if they make a return unfortunately. Thanks for reading and for commenting!

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