Gehennah Album Review – A Good Dose of Party Metal

Gehennah is one of those bands that has been around forever and a day (since 1992 to be precise) and that haven’t really made a breakthrough despite 3 albums, released in the 90s, that are regarded as classics in parts of the scene. After Gehennah had disappeared from the face of the earth for more than 10 years, including an official hiatus for some years, the Swedes appeared again last year with their extended EP ‘Metal Police’. Almost 20 years after the release of their last full-length album Gehennah now unleash their newest opus ‘Too Loud to Live, Too Drunk to Die’.

To cut a long story short: Gehennah in 2016 haven’t really changed. If you liked their earlier albums and last year’s EP you will also like ‘Too Loud to Live, Too Drunk to Die’. If you are not familiar with Gehennah’s work so far just imagine a combination of Venom and Motörhead on speed with a dose of punk and lyrics about partying, drinking and smashing things.

The album opener ‘Still The Elite’ starts with a rather bluesy riff in Motörhead-style, the sound is low-fi in attempt to sound live and raw and the gnarly vocals cut through the song like a chainsaw. With almost 4 minutes ‘Still The Elite’ is the longest of the thirteen tracks on the album. In the true style of Gehennah’s idols all songs are short, snappy and to the point.

The remaining 12 songs don’t offer a surprise but who really thought there would be one. The band pounds through the songs with a relentless intensity. Highlights are the title track ‘Too Loud to Live, Too Drunk to Die’ that stands out through its speed, the shouted gang vocals and a rock’n’roll feeling. The sarcastic ‘Scumbag’ brings out the darkest and deepest vocals which complements Gehennah’s sound. ‘Low On Cash, High On Speed’ convinces with its catchy and memorable riff.

‘Too Loud to Live, Too Drunk to Die’ is an album that is perfect for the late hours of any metal party. Once the blood alcohol level surpasses a certain level the songs should result in an automatic contraction of the neck muscles. On the other hand, the longevity of Gehennah’s fourth album is questionable. The songs are quite similar. After a while they seem to blend into each other. Nothing really stands out. However, ‘Too Loud to Live, Too Drunk to Die’ is still a good party album. I suppose the best way to experience Gehennah is still live on stage after a few drinks.