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The sounds of hell smolder, the sounds of hell burn, and then the sounds of hell consume you. On their long-awaited debut album The Sounds of Hell, the NSW/ACT based death metal/hardcore group Honest Crooks stand tall as a fully realised band. The pure rage on display is as subtle as a sledgehammer swung from the rooftops, while a deep pain bleeds through every impact. The result of soldiering on through several years of lineup rotations and perseverance over less-than-ideal circumstances, the album sees their sound dig deeper into dark melody than ever before, displaying a perhaps surprisingly deft handle on a style that began as something much more straightforward and ignorant.

With their style honed through national tours with such American greats as Harm’s Way, Xibalba and Kublai Khan and Australian peers like Alpha Wolf and Justice For The Damned, The Sounds of Hell will be unleashed across the mortal realm on February 10 via EVP Recordings (Psycroptic, Disentomb, Zeolite) before they march across the east coast with Japanese death/doom/hardcore band Kruelty in February 2023.


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