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Hell In The Club - 2011 Let The Games Begin

ARTIST: Hell In The Club
ALBUM: Let The Games Begin
LABEL: Avenue Of Allies
SERIAL: 11 04 0024
YEAR: 2011
SPONSOR: Gregor Klee


LINEUP: Davide Moras (a.k.a Damnagoras) - vocals * Andrea Buratto - bass * Andrea Piccardi - guitars * Federico Pennazzato - drums

Guests: Antonio Agate - keyboards 'Star', 'Forbidden Fruit' * Female Backing Vocals on 'Another Saturday Night' - Barbara Rubin, Elisabetta Gagliardi, Elisa Muratori * Backing Vocals - Davide Moras, Marco Pastorino, Andy Star, Alberto Gianotti, Gianmaria Saddi

TRACK LISTING: 01 Never Turn My Back * 02 Rock Down This Place * 03 On The Road * 04 Natural Born Rockers * 05 Since You're Not Here * 06 Another Saturday Night * 07 Raise Your Drinkin' Glass * 08 No Appreciation * 09 Forbidden Fruit * 10 Star * 11 Daydream Boulevard * 12 Don't Throw In The Towel



New Italian hard rockers Hell In The Club continue on in the fine tradition of recent contemporaries Markonee and Skill In Veins and Fabri Kareli and F.E.A.S.T. Surprising to say the least, because membership of this band is based around two power metal outfits, namely: Secret Sphere and Elvenking. The former have been reviewed here previously, while the latter have moved into a heavier mode of melodic rock as evidenced on their very good latest CD 'Red Slient Tides' on AFM Records. Andrea Buratto is the long time bassist with Secret Sphere while Davide Moras is better known as Damnagoras, lead singer from Elvenking. Completing the lineup are drummer Federico Pennazzato (also of Secret Sphere) and guitarist Andrea Piccardi. Hell In The Club are playing a punchy style of hard rock with no trace of their power metal origins. Maybe they could be considered the Italian equivalent of Brother Firetribe or Grand Design perhaps, where band members change genres with a different band..

The Songs
There's plenty of street cred and attitude with HITC, with manic guitar work and a slight sleaze/glam vocal. This is no better represented than on 'Rock Down This Place' with some tattooed and razorblade rock n roll on display along with some lyrical profanity. 'On The Road' sees the band adding a boatload of melody in much the same way as a diabetic adds a spoonful of sugar, whereas 'Natural Born Rockers' is a tough sounding tune from the Skid Row side of the railway line. 'Since You're Not Here' is a very melodic and catchy track, not unlike what we heard recently with MelodicRock Records signings All I Know and Degreed. I really enjoyed the happy go lucky shenanigans of 'Another Saturday Night', a reworking of that classic party song from way back when.. Saturday night and I ain't got nobody, I got some money and I just got paid..'... you know the one.. With a title like 'Raise Your Drinkin' Glass', you'd be mistaken that this was an ode to AC/DC, but no, this is a bit of Italian hellraisin' instead. 'No Appreciation' has a rabid near punk delivery, and is a fast and furious track with the required badass attitude to go with it. 'Forbidden Fruit' has a bit of Motley Crue's 'Dr Feelgood' in the initial approach but takes on its own shape in the run-through. HITC show their ballad side with the excellent 'Star', a searing power ballad. For something a little different, 'Daydream Boulevard' is a funky affair, rocking in the same style of Extreme in their heyday, the album finishing with the straight-up rocker 'Don't Throw In The Towel'.

In Summary
Another enjoyable Italian outfit with a touch of dirt and grit, tough and street fashioned, 'Let The Games Begin' winds us back to the pre-grunge era of the late 80's and early 90's. With Secret Sphere and Elvenking operating in different musical territory, I'm positive that Hell In The Club will provide welcome relief for their band members as they toggle between genres. 2011 is off to a good start in Italy it would seem!

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#1 | gdazegod on January 26 2011 23:12:38
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