Title: The Infinite Cycle
Label: M & O Music
Style: Melodic Heavy Thrash Death Metal
Wow, I can't believe how versatile and varied this debut album by French Hollow sounds, and this because what we have here is a one man band so supposedly this all comes from one single man's mind. I'm used to one man projects in Black Metal, they are countless, but such a project blending heavy chunks of Heavy, Thrash, Death Metal and even some smaller inserts from Power Metal or Folk Metal, that's really impressive, and Chuc Bawol, the man behind Hollow, does it skilfully and tastefully. The best strength of this album's material is the versatility of its compositions and the catchiness of most of them. This is a pot of some killer guitar riffs that take me back to when I was a kid and guitar riffs impressed the hell out of me, some excellent melodic passages mostly built by guitar leads and solos but that also allow Chuc's clean vocals to shine, and as said earlier, some song structures that abound in both surprises and catchy, memorable elements. Can you tell I'm impressed? Anyway, the part where I think Chuc has to add more attention is the mixing of his rawer vocals (hoarse, semi-growls) into the whole, on this album they sound too blunt compared to the rest of the material, like their place is somewhere else, like they don't belong here, and they don't sound natural at all. As a debut album I think this has reached its goal and surpassed it, can't wait to see what he pulls out next.
Reviewed by Adrian