TO be honest we're not sure what the term 'street metal' is meant to be other than another sub-genre, but Swedish band Gehennah have claimed it as their own, and in preparation for the release of their new album have released 'Life Metal Must Die'.
When it comes right down to it, after listening to so much prog metal and pretentious material there is a time when you need to celebrate metal's long term relationship with beer and its flirtations with stupidity...
When your fourth album goes by the title 'Too Loud To Live, Too Drunk To Die' you know that a serious contemplation of societal issues are not to the foere.
Having said that, if art holds a mirror to society, maybe Gehennah are just reflecting that part of society that is wasted and nihilistic in the extreme...
There is no doubt that whatever the intention the main agenda is just having fun, and giving the longevity of the band (formed in 1992), perhaps there is something of the street survivor about the act.
You can check out the new release here, and watch the video for the album title track here.
Below is the official blurb...
"The album contains 13 tracks of dirty and raw street-metal, destined to please the hardcore filth hounds of the scene, and annoy the ponytailed internet-snobs who prefer their metal clean and polished. The album was recorded in Studio Cobra in Stockholm and produced by Martin Eherencrona and GEHENNAH in the summer of 2015.
"In early 2015 GEHENNAH released the extended EP 'Metal Police' exclusively on vinyl through Metal Blade Records, a comeback that gained praise from old and new supporters. 'Metal Police' is now available on CD as a bonus on the limited first edition of "Too Loud To Live, Too Drunk To Die"!
Track listing "Too Loud To Live, Too Drunk To Die":
01. Still the Elite
02. Life Metal Must Die
03. Too Loud to Live, Too Drunk to Die
05. Gehennah Will Destroy Your Life
06. Let's Fall off the Wagon
07. 'Cause We're a Street Metal Band
08. Tonight We Fight
09. When All Else Fails - Destroy!
10. Low on Cash, High on Speed
11. We Stole Your Song
12. Unholy & Unpleasant
13. All of the Decadence, None of the Success
"GEHENNAH was formed in 1992, and first made their presence known in the scene in the mid 90's with the three albums 'Hardrocker', 'King of the Sidewalk' and 'Decibel Rebel'. Going for thrash black 'n' roll with Venom, Bathory and Motörhead as main influences in a time when melo-death and atmospheric troll-black metal was all the hype, the band got a loyal following among the scenes coolest cats.
"Lyrics about drinking, criminal activity and random decadence and music played with more street-attitude than technical mastery has always been the trademarks of GEHENNAH, and "Too Loud To Live, Too Drunk To Die" is no exception from that rule. Expect a full on attack to the liver!"
Mr. Violence - Vox
Rob Stringburner - Guitar
Hellcop - Drums
Charley Knuckleduster - Bass