Hellshock â€“ Warlord EP / 2005 Profane Existence / 2 Tracks / http://www.profaneexistence.com / Reviewed 11 October 2005
Two tracks really make it nearly impossible to gauge the sound of a band, and while the two tracks of the Warlord EP (Warlord and Legion) are both of an extend track length (at least for a punk type of sound), this hypothesis still holds water. The music that Hellshock puts down on â€œWarlordâ€ is furious, fast and really mature. The extended guitar solo that leads the track to its inevitable conclusion really is something that keeps the tempo of the track up, a baton that is given to Keet who may have laid down the most dense, sinewy drum line captured on CD to end â€œWarlordâ€. The extended instrumental opening to â€œLegionâ€ would almost be progressive metal-influenced, if it was not for the overly-distorted guitar solo that keeps the track in a specific context. The different iterations of the instrumental arrangements during â€œLegionâ€ may be intuitive, but they do provide the nearest thing to beauty on this disc. The vocal section of the track moves back to a fast and furious metal/thrash infused scream-fest, which only sputters to an end after Grizzleâ€™s vocals sputter out. This is before the guitar tracks really innovative in what would normally be a very stratified-sounding style; the guitaristsâ€™ confidence on the track is perhaps what allows Hellshock to break through these conventions and really create something that both crosses a number of genres and sounds great while it does it. Two tracks may not be enough to get a full glimpse at the band, but the rich sound of the band gives listeners enough of a taste to hunger for more.