90 / 100
"… competent Melodic Death metal … Certainly recommend to both Death and Symphonic Metal lovers …"
(The Belgian Metal Shredder)
9 / 10
"... aggression and energy ... coupled with a first-class sense for catchy melodies ... symphonic elements ... are here only in nuances available ... failures can not be found here, instead, one great song joins the next, for example, reminiscent of Amorphis' 'Blood Must Have Blood' ... powerful and balanced production that can easily compete with international competition ... unlimited purchase recommendation ..."
4 / 5
"… a very interesting work, which will easily find the favors of lovers of the most epic sounds … helped by a very good production … 'As Above So Below' easily passes the test of the second album."
(All Around Metal)
8,5 / 10
"… the Epic Melodic Death Metal path is maintained with some progressive winking to Amorphis … a good album, varied, no weak songs … quite enjoyable and deserved to be checked."
(Sounds From Apocalypse)
80 / 100
"I really enjoyed what I heard … strong melodies … blows me away … production is powerful and forms a nicely balanced whole … everything sounds clear and powerful … highly recommended for all Metalheads who would like to discover a new, fresh sounding Metal band!"
8 / 10
"From Melodic Death with epic nuances due to the dictates of bands such as Amorphis and Children Of Bodom, the stylistic figure of the group is in fact renewed in favor of a greater presence of symphonic arrangements, without for this trespassing in the proper territory of Nightwish, Rhapsody or Therion, but adding this element to an always direct and immediate approach … Cesare Damiolini … holding one of the best growl ever … really a great return."
8 / 10
"… a work that will not fail to find admirers among lovers of Melodic Death Metal as well as those with classically power tastes … winning for compositional freshness, direct impact and no frills and a new orchestral vein that it makes refined atmospheres and nuances."
8 / 10
"Epic, extremely melodic, incredibly multi-faceted ... stuffed with brilliant compositions ... who likes epic Melodic Death Metal has another treasure here with HELLS GUARDIAN and their new album 'As Above So Below' ... fans of Amorphis and similar bands have the absolute duty to get the silver plate …"
7 / 10
"… an album that fans of Epica, the already mentioned Seven Spires and Symphonic Metal in general are allowed to write on their shopping list."
(Rock Castle Franken)
7 / 10
"… very nice … production is flawless, the quality of the music is super high, and I can’t find any negatives …"
67 / 10
"… with a kind of Amorphis build-up and -feel …"
"Recommendation! In addition to the music, the vocals are aptly tuned to match male growls and clear vocals, and that works really well ... what HELLS GUARDIAN does not forget in any case is to write catchy songs that are both rousing and demanding at the same time."
"… great deal … from head to toe, 'As Above So Below' is an exuberant display of how Heavy Metal can synthesize in few minutes human emotions … eleven reasons to go on believe that Melodic Death Metal still have enough reasons to continue existing and to be a bright representant of Metal uniqueness … HELL'S GUARDIAN are the future of Metalkind."
"Lots of epic but also violent growls ... the title track has a lot of a Metal hymn ... who likes it epically, but likes to renounce female vocals, is at the right place at HELL'S GUARDIAN."
Lombardy • Italy
Epic Melodic Death Metal
As Above So Below
September 14th 2018
On February, 11th 2019, HELL'S GUARDIAN released a brand new lyric video for their third single, "My Guide My Hunger," from their latest album, "As Above So Below."
Guest vocalists are Adrienne Cowan of Seven Spiers and Marco Pastorino of Temperance. Thematically, the powerful, striking and catchy song is about desperation and hope very often lying pretty close to each other:
In 2009, guitarist Freddie Formis and his brother, drummer Dylan, lifted their own band HELL'S GUARDIAN from the creative baptismal font.
Cesare Damiolini was determined to rhythm guitar and from then he fervently took over the growl vocals. Claudio Cor then strapped on the bass guitar, and it could really start for these hot-blooded Italians.
After the completion of the line-up, the participants were able to present the first demo a year later.
In 2014, the debut album "Follow Your Fate" was presented with healthy pride, flanked by various live gigs.
In a richly worth listening, play-cultural high-quality intersection of Amorphis, Edge Of Sanity and In Flames, the band has meanwhile musically found itself entirely.
The quartet's EPIC MELODIC DEATH METAL, which was arranged as elaborately as lovingly and often upliftingly pompous, also made its own unique, stylistically and thematically unbreakable way.
In July 2015, the lombard hellguardians released an EP titled "Ex Adversis Resurgo", which was able to receive many positive responses.
Furthermore, HELL'S GUARDIAN was back on so many stages, and this also with established acts like Amorphis, Children Of Bodom and Sabaton.
A bravely completed Eastern European tour can also be presented, in which the Italian-based Melodic Heavy Metallers Temperance were energetically and playfully supported on their Metal Invasion Tour.
At the end of 2017, HELL'S GUARDIAN and producer Fabrizio Romani began recording the new album in his Media Factory studio, which received the symbolically sacral title "As Above So Below".
The second album "As Above So Below" was officially released on September 14th, 2018.
Temperance vocalist Michele Guaitoli, who also sings in Visions Of Atlantis, mixed the songs at the Groove Factory Studio and did the mastering to give the material a reasonably intense sound for the heavy scores. (Markus Eck)
01. Over The Line 01:40 (instrumental)
02. Crystal Door 05:27
03. As Above So Below 04:13
04. Blood Must Have Blood 04:38
05. Waiting… For Nothing 01:15 (instrumental)
06. 90 Days 07:26
07. Lake Of Blood 05:10
08. Jester Smile 04:44
09. My Guide My Hunger (feat. Adrienne Cowan & Marco Pastorino) 05:30
10. I Rise Up 05:52
11. Colorful Dreams (feat. Ark Nattlig Ulv) 05:14
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