VHÖL Review

VHÖL Review0

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Alright, let’s the get the introductions out of the way first. This is VHÖL, a “super-group” of sorts originally started by John Cobbett (Hammers of Misfortune, Amber Asylum) and Aesop Dekker (Agalloch, Worm Ouroboros) after the incredible Ludicra called it a day (sigh). Mike Scheidt of YOB was brought on board to lend his discernible vocal skills to the project and Cobbett’s colleague from Hammers of Misfortune and Amber Asylum Sigrid Sheie joined on bass. And lo, VHÖL was born.

The sound of VHÖL is a little harder to pinpoint than their origins and with such a diverse group of musicians there’s always the chance that too much will get thrown into the mix – too many cooks spoil the broth – and whilst with VHÖL there’s the obvious nods to black metal, to thrash, to progressive metal, to hardcore by way of d-beat, at no point does that become overwhelming or overpowering. VHÖL’s strength lies in the abilities of the musicians involved – Scheidt’s voice is powerful and commanding and here he lets loose with a glorious abandon, wailing and rasping and lifting the sound beyond mere heavy metal whilst the guitar of Cobbett soars above the tracks adding depth and nuance whilst a tangible grungy dirtiness flows through the filthy bass lines of Sheie. VHOL-cover-art

Album Art by John Cobbett and Kevin Gan Yuen
July 2, 2013 playlist


8:30pm The Barry Gray Orchestra “Joe 90 (Main Theme)” from No Strings Attached (Sanctuary Records)Buy it!
8:33pm Anthrax “One Man Stands” from Persistence Of Time (Island Records)Buy it!
8:38pm The Ruins Of Beverast “Kain’s Countenance Fell” from Foulest Semen of a Sheltered Elite (Ván Records)Buy it!
8:48pm The Ruins Of Beverast “The Restless Mills” from Foulest Semen of a Sheltered Elite (Ván Records)Buy it!
9:00pm Nile “Unas Slayer of the Gods” from In Their Darkened Shrines (Relapse Records)Buy it!
9:12pm Type O Negative “White Slavery” from World Coming Down (Roadrunner Records)Buy it!
9:21pm Black Sabbath “God Is Dead?” from 13 (Deluxe Version) (Mercury Records Limited)Buy it!
9:30pm Akercocke “LEVIATHAN” from Choronzon (Earache Records)Buy it!
9:38pm The End “The Never Ever Aftermath” from Elementary (Relapse Records)Buy it!
9:43pm Amorphis “Divinity” from Tuonela (Spin-Farm Oy)Buy it!
9:48pm Neurosis “The Last You’ll Know” from Times of Grace (Relapse Records)Buy it!
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