Trumpeting Ecstasy - Full of Hell
Artist: Full of Hell
Album: Trumpeting Ecstasy
Review by Steve Jenkins
It’s pretty easy to see why Full of Hell have been able to change their boisterous image over the past few years. Going from a belligerent grind act to a full blown powerhouse of violence and extreme art, the band has made some excellent creative choices. It's these choices which have earned them an unlikely following from all of the different corners of the widespread heavy metal spectrum.
Full of Hell are definitely not the type of band to steer clear from creating their own extreme style. Over the past seven years the group have put out four very solid studio albums with the help of many collaborations which has aided them in getting their sound get to where it is now. This style of theirs is gritty, fast, violent and aggressive – basically everything that you could want from a grindcore act. There's plenty of intense noise that takes them into that powerviolence category, and even though most of the songs hardly stretch beyond the two-minute point, they don't really need to be lengthy tracks.
In spite of their many permutations there really is nothing like Full of Hell laid bare, which is exactly what they offer with Trumpeting Ecstasy. Strip away the noise of Merzbow or the murky aesthetics of The Body and you're left with a unrelenting force that encompasses just about every form of heavy music that exists. Mixing metal and its numerous breeds (sludge, death, black, so on and so forth), all at once, with grind and hardcore sounds like it should be a mess (spoiler: it is.) But that's always been the beauty of Full of Hell, and admittedly the oft utilized aesthetic they subscribe to. Trumpeting Ecstasy is a bit of an anomaly, comparatively, as it feels almost...accessible. It still shares the emblematic adornments one would expect from the band: short songs, uncompromising energy, and their inventive use of noise however this time aroun the death metal influences that have always been on the other side of the band's coin are brought to the forefront. When it seems like the band sticks to this path, blistering reminders in the form of "The Cosmic Vein" and "Fractured Quartz" emphasize that Full of Hell are still punks at heart. There is a method to all the madness, a sort of natural structure underlining the record. "Digital Prison" and "Crawling Back to God" are strikingly different songs, but flow into one another and complement each other so well that it would be hard to imagine them being apart. Bouts of fury and pummeling hysteria are met with odd calm, like in the album's title track, which may seem jarring at first but are elucidating in context. All of this comes together in the confines of a short but explosive collection; a tighter and denser creation than Full of Hell have ever done. Trumpeting Ecstasy may not surpass the brilliance of the collaborative works with Merzbow, or even The Body, but Full of Hell's latest still shows the brilliance that has always been there with the band.
7 out of 10 stars.
Trumpeting Ecstasy is available now here https://profoundlorerecords.com/fullofhell/ as well as on iTunes and for streaming on Spotify.
Watch this music video for the track "Trumpeting Ecstasy" below: