With Boston, MA still serving as ground zero for metalcore in 2005 it's no surprise that a band as talented as Hell Within call the city home. Originally known as Twytch, the group have finally managed to strike the nail on the head with the stunning display of contemporary metal prowess that is "Asylum Of The Human Predator".
Much like their peers in All That Remains and Shadows Fall, Hell Within filter the classic thrash sound and tailor it to their own means. But in addition, these boys also latch onto the tough guy metalcore tenacity of Hatebreed and douse it with enough shovel loads of Scandinavian death metal influence to bury an elephant graveyard. Shredding guitars, cacophonous vocals, a mauling of double-kick powered drumming and a momentum that refuses to let up are all key strengths of the band. As are the whirring solos and sporadic melodic vocals that are infused with enough heart to avoid sounding as though they are being belted out by a ratty bar band.
In terms of brutality and invigoration alone the band achieve great results. Their refined writing ability makes for modern metal that is sharp and furious with control and recklessness both exercised in equal parts. Of course, given the saturation of everything that is Massachusetts and metalcore, this album has had some of its thunder stolen. But by relying on a brute force approach that draws more from savage death metal than savvy commercial underpinnings, Hell Within have crafted an opus as depraved and eye-opening as its title sounds.
(4 / 5)