Title: To HellLabel: Phonotraxx Publishing
Hell' is the sixth studio album from German Power Metallers
Dawn of Destiny, led by the vocal might of Jeanette Scherff,
who is aided by the powerhouse rhythm section of Jens Faber
on bass, Philipp Bock on drums and the keyboard wizardry
of Dirk Rackiewicz. The more astute of you might have
noticed with lack of a guitarist, this is due to the recent
departure of Veith Offenbacher, who has now been replaced by
on to the album itself. The band have really taken the bull
by the horns with this release and produce a multi-faceted
concept album based around the exciting story deals with a young couple on their honeymoon.
The two are faced in mysterious ways with the past of the
bride. A strange tattoo, a supposedly in a fire perished
daughter and a certain note, that turns out to be a
threatening one, are just a few details to be stretched the
threads of the story that finally return to come together.
the off its clear the Bochum band have set about taking
their sound to the next level, as they bring in elements of
Folk and traditional metal together for this release A
combination that may not be a new venture, but one that is
often done either really poorly, or really well, and thankfully
Hell' is the latter.
album has an intensity that is let loose by driving riffs and a
powerful rhythm the opener ‘Hide Our Sorrow’, which starts off
from humble beginnings, but soon the big licks, big bass
lines and earth shattering drumming break out and all hell
breaks loose, with Scherff bringing the beauty vocals to the
angsty male beast, a now common staple by many bands of this genre.
traditionalists with just love the fast paced ‘Fire’, an
all-guns blazing attack on the senses, as Scherff really takes
this one by the scruff of the neck and gives it her all.
This is Power Metal personified.
I said at the start, this album is multifaceted and the band
bring in a little Electro Folk Metal vibe with the excellent
‘From Paradise’, before they bring the heat big style
with the superb title track ‘To Hell’. Again there is an
Metal edged Folk element to this song, but this time with a much bigger
bass line running through it. So much so it reminds me of
album takes another turn with as the band deliver the
heaviest track so for the monstrous ‘Scream’, before
turning things back down with the hauntingly dark tones of
‘Hateful Hearts’. Then it's all guns blazing Power Metal
once more with the massive ‘Burn In The Fire’.
all switch again as this roller-coaster of metal slows down
just a touch with the dark Symphonic tones of ‘the seven
minute epic 'Only the Ocean Knows’, before bringing back
that Folk element once more with 'Light in the Night’, as
Scherff once more plays beauty to an angsty gruff male beast
the ferocity of 'Light in the Night’, we are brought back
down to earth with the semi acoustic tones of the intro into
‘Destroy My World’. A haunting melodic piece that for me
is Scherff’s finest vocal.
melodic metal continues with the excellent ‘Belief’ and
the rocking 'Life’, the latter being one of my favourite
tracks off the album. 'To Hell' closes with another dark slice
of semi acoustic folk metal in ‘Forgive’.
As concept albums go, this one has something for all, no matter what your metal preferences 'To Hell' has a bit of everything, and is without a doubt the bands most impressive release to date.
Review by: Barry McMinn
All content copyright of The Mayfair Mall zine unless otherwise stated and may not be reproduced with prior written permission.