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Höllenter Hollenter Album Review


Hollenter Album Review

Released November 15, 2017

By: Gabe Straight, Music Journalist

Boston Rock Radio




Hailing from Pine Mountain, Georgia, Glen Poland’s metal outfit Hollenter dropped the eponymous debut in November 2017. The nine-track effort was produced and engineered by Glen Drover, who has played in bands such as Diamond Head, Megadeth, Testament, and Queensryche (you might have heard of them).


For any metalhead looking for some new material to bang your head to, Hollenter is undeniably a surefire hit. While the project offers nothing radically new or distinct in the metal genre, Hollenter uses this to their strength. From the first track “Battle Cry”, the listener knows exactly what they’re in for: soaring vocals, driving bass, bright guitars, and hard-hitting drums. Poland wears his influences on his sleeve for his first release, channeling thrash’s “Big Four,” Judas Priest, Diamond Head, and other heavy metal icons. The album’s vocals (provided by Henning Basse) sound like the high-caliber pipes from Dio or Bruce Dickinson mixed with the signature growl of Dave Mustaine, and does an excellent job. Speaking of an excellent job, Poland’s guitar solos are top notch from a technical standpoint; blisteringly fast, they fit perfectly in the album’s overall sound. Even though every song is between 3 and four minutes, Poland manages to put quite a lot of sections and arrangements into every song.


My favorite track of the album by far is “Frontal Lobe Decay”. The song is tight and punchy, and from the first few seconds, I was hooked. Why I like this part so much is because the track doesn’t overstay its welcome; it says what it has to say and wraps up. The end of the track was prefect, getting gradually more urgent and then wrapping up, leaving me pressing the repeat button.


Hollender’s first effort is not without its flaws. Like I said earlier, the album is nothing new. The mix, lyrics, tone, and style all burrow from existing bands without really trying to build on it. I went through the track list and had trouble picking one song apart from another. Poland’s solos, while technically masterful, lack a sense of control and restraint. The solos come out guns blazing and don’t stop to reload. While we’re on arrangements, the density of each Hollender song comes off less like an epic on each track and more like melting pot of ideas without a clear direction. Finally, it doesn’t take a careful analysis to see the riff of the final track “Gladiator” is a clear copy of Rage Against the Machine’s “Bulls on Parade.”


Don’t let these drawbacks keep you from listening to Hollender’s debut, however. This album hits hard, and is a solid debut from this heavy metal outfit. While I hope Poland brings more to the table in the future, I’m looking forward to what Glen Poland has next in store for Hollender. For a start, Poland could ask Drover to send a letter to his former touring buddy Dave Mustaine and ask about throwing a couple riffs into the next album.







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