As Hell Retreats

Hailing from Tennessee, As Hell Retreats is one of the recent addictions to the Strikefirst/Facedown Records family, so you know they play some form of quality Christian metal, and in this case it’s a hybrid of melodic metalcore and crumbling deathcore.

Not as utterly devastating as label mates Impending Doom or Earth From Above and possessing some of the melodic moments of Onwards to Olympas, For Today or some of Strikedown/Facedown’s other acts, As Hell Retreats is a little of both with a mix of rumbling angular deathcore, melodic death metal, some thrash and a whole lot of love for god. The end result is a solid if unspectacular release that should tide you over until Impending Doom’s There Will Be Violence hits later this summer.

With an overall quality in line with label mates In the Midst of Lions, As Hell Retreats growl and grumble through some angular, staggering riffs, some death metal-ish blasts all laced with some melodic solos and plenty of breakdowns. None of it is stunning, but it’s all done fervently and with enough skill and aggression to warrant the attention of church going metal heads. The vocals are the genre requisite scream/deep growl/gruff hardcore shout (no clean croons), and the production and musicianship is all adequate – which leaves the songs.

None of the seven actual songs (this is Christian metal CD so there is an intro and an interlude – “Revival”) really grabbed me but some moments within songs like “Inferior”, “Raze” and closer “Poor God” all have enough bits here and there, whether it be a solos or breakdown to make the album worth a few listens and further cement that Strikefirst and big brother Facedown are the premier labels around for the serious Chrisitan metal head.

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Written by Erik T
June 8th, 2010


  1. Commented by: Nick Taxidermy

    Christian Metalcore needs to die.

  2. Commented by: elguerosinfe

    ^ Agreed – and painfully.

  3. Commented by: tom957

    I also agree. Kill it with fire.

  4. Commented by: Nick Taxidermy

    kill it on a cross. or feed it to a lion.

  5. Commented by: Cynicgods

    “kill it on a cross. or feed it to a lion.”

    Eat it up, Liam Neeson! :D

  6. Commented by: vugelnox

    Erik where the hell do you find all of this stuff? I love reading your reviews of it but I’m STILL amazed by how much of it exists and how painfully clueless I am to it. Keep it up!

  7. Commented by: Infinite Death (Nick)

    I’m not a fan of this whole Christian metalcore/deathcore thing, personally, but Erik I have a couple albums you should definitely check out (and review?) because I think you’ll enjoy them.

    Journal – Unlorja (extremely impressive chaotic metalcore with other influences from Sacramento, California. Hard to describe in words.

    Shadow Of The Colossus – Shadow Of The Colossus (really dark and intense deathcore, also from Sacramento, a la Whitechapel. Lot of potential in these guys.

    Cheers man!

  8. Commented by: Infinite Death (Nick)

    Whoops, my links got 404’d on that last comment. Sorry about that.

  9. Commented by: maitokaakao

    I thought this was an anti-religious band. For example check out the lyrics of the song “Contradiction”… At least they are against commercialized christianity.

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