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huron

'Mary Celeste'
2010
Review By Matt Hill

Formed in Plymouth 2007, with a debut album "Cheyne Stoking'' ( which got recognition and radio play from Bruce Dickinson on his BBC radio show ) it was with great interest I listened to Huron's sophomore release 'Mary Celeste'

The album opens with a dark sounding intro, a chunky opening riff very much in the style of Tony Iommi , your ears are then assaulted with a wave of relentless aggression from the Plymouth metallers.
Some tracks have a groove metal feel to them, drawing a similarity to that of Pantera but with 'Huron' still maintaining their own sound.
There are massive riffs and vocals that are gritty and rasp without sounding forced, this is a metal album that grabs you by the balls and doesn't let go, only temporarily loosening the grip during the track 'Eternal Sea pt 1' where you have time to rest your head with a ballad, here Sean Palmer demonstrates his capability as a singer with passionate clean vocals.
Time is then called on the quieter moment where you are summoned to recommence the headbanging with a commanding drum beat in sync with each thrash of the guitar to introduce the track 'Suffer' which reinstates the intent of the bands ear drum assault.
The album concludes with 'Eternal Sea pt 2' which is a completely different tempo and feel to that of part 1, with some breathtaking drumming from Rory Conroy, great thrash guitar work from Neil Simms and the pounding bass line from Phill Griffin which will cause involuntarily body movements whether it be the tapping of the foot, for the more conservative metal head among you, or the rhythmic banging of your head, my curtains were open so the neighbours were treated to a demonstration of how I enjoy my music.
I was very impressed with this album throughout and shall be looking forward to hearing how it transposes live in their performance at this years Hard Rock Hell festival in December.