Hunted – Deliver Us: A Full Album Review

Hunted – Deliver Us: A Full Album Review

9th September 2021 0 By Owen Edmonds

For the last two weeks I’ve had the pleasant sounds of the new Hunted album blasting in my ear holes. A mix of prog, thrash and metal this is the bands first release on the Pitch Black label and to me it fits really well with the labels other artists and releases.

Even though the band is South Wales based I haven’t seen them live, I’ve a few mates who tell me that they are superb live, so when everything calms down I will be adding them to the list of bands I have to see to make up for the last 18months.

The Review

The first note I wrote down reads a this “Iron Maiden but heavier, intricate music, soaring vocals Halford-esque.”. Let’s be honest, if you are compared to Maiden and Rob Halford, you’ve got to be happy.

However, the more I listened to the album, the less my first impression lasted. Before I get into the nuts and bolts of reviewing some of the tracks I want to clarify that statement.

I’ve listened to a lot of modern prog recently and there seems to be a trend of bands writing really nice intricate pieces and then realising that they don’t have complete songs, so they seem to just stick several smaller pieces together. This ends up with really harsh transitions from one section to another and it doesn’t help songs flow.

Whether this is the reality of song-writing, I don’t know, but this is the impression I get.

Deliver Us has a tendency to sound like it falls into this trap which is a shame. There are moments in quite a lot of tracks that I loved, for example, One More Time has a cool chorus and some really intricate verses but they don’t feel like they go together.

It happens in Salvation on a String as well, the first couple of minutes are hard and heavy, really good. Then there is an abrupt change of pace to a slower and more melodic section, which is beautiful, but the transition doesn’t quite work for me. It’s as if the song can’t make up it’s mind. I accept that this maybe me being really harsh, I’d love to know what you think. However, that said, Salvation on a String is one of my favourite tracks on the album, primarily for the slower section.

Another of my favourite tracks is Burning Ones. This is a track that suffers from abrupt transitions but that aside it really moves through the gears and at almost 8minutes long it has time to breath and move which is something I really liked.

Conclusion

This is a band with a lot of creativity, there is a lot of skill on show throughout the album. There are moments that would fit with the very best music produced in the UK. I like the album and I hope now that they’ve been picked up by Pitch Black that they will be given time and support to really push themselves as song writers.

It may take them an album or two but when they get it right, they could produce something really special.

Score 7.5/10

Track Listing

  1. Velvet Worm
  2. Salvation on a String
  3. For The Blind
  4. Burning Ones
  5. The Black Shore
  6. The Lie
  7. One More Time
  8. Misled
  9. Time Will Tell
  10. Our Final Embrace
  11. Maldito Sea Tu Nombre (CD Bonus)
    Label – Pitch Black
    Release – 10th September

    For all things Hunted, click HERE and to purchase the album, click HERE

 

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