RED HILLS "Pleasure Of Destruction" 2014
/Total Metal Records/

Tracklist:
1. Hard To Be a Good Man 03:40
2. Forgotten Words 03:18
3. Bitch 02:59
4. Whispering In My Minds 03:09
5. Nocturne 03:31
6. Bullet In My Head 03:32
7. Lies About Heaven 03:29
8. Pleasure Of Destruction 02:08
Total playing time: 25:46

 

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Slowly We Roth Magazine #7

Slowly We Roth Magazine 7Not sure if you'll agree with me, but it seems nowadays most bands release official material quite late in their career, most of them don't ever release demos before either, and that's the case of this Ukrainian band, too. 2 decades ago bands were releasing stuff weeks after their formation, they were eager to get noticed asap, but nowadays it seems everyone takes its time, not rushing anything and working hard to have it all nice and dandy by the official release time; probably that's why there are so many professional and talented bands out there, that's why this fierce competition. Gettings back to Red Hills, this quintet was founded back in 2009 and this is their debut full-length album made of 8 tracks and totaling 25 minutes of Finnish inspired Melodic Death Metal, the Children of Bodom-like Metal based on Power Metal guitar leads and solos all over the place, and the same type of vocals I don't really like (they sound like the man is getting burnt while cooking breakfast: ya, yau, yau, ya), but I fully agree it's a nice piece of Metal, and if delivered by capable musicians its audition is a joy. Red Hills are skilled musicians and I'd say this is a very successful debut material (I'd say it's an EP rather than an LP), it's nice to see bands of this genre still standing tall even long time after the fashion. Fans of this genre will like it a lot, as for me I like the instrumental part but I can't listen to it anymore because of the vocals.

 7/10
Adrian (Pest Webzine/Slowly We Roth Magazine)

 

 

Legacy Magazine #94

legacy magazine 95In Donetsk gibt’s nicht nur Krieg, Manipulation und unterdrückte Menschenrechte, sondern auch noch ganz normal gesinnte Menschen, die sich mit der wichtigsten Materie überhaupt befassen. So bringen RED HILLS in diesen Tagen ihr Debüt auf den Markt, dessen Ausrichtung sich deutlich an der schwedischen, melodisch-melancholischen Death Metal-Schule orientiert. Eine Portion Moderne begleitet das Thema der Jungs, die offenbar von Jack Daniels entweder so angetan sind oder von dem Plörre-Produzenten gesponsert werden – zumindest werden gleich zwei Leibchen auf dem Backcover-Photo zur Schau getragen. Musikalisch passiert nicht viel, was man nicht erwarten dürfte. Wenn man erst mal ‚Hard To Be A Good Man‘ und ‚Forgotten Words‘ durch hat, stellt sich schnell mal der Effekt ein, zu glauben, der eben gehörte Track wäre zurückgesprungen und läuft eben noch mal. Soll heißen, in puncto Abwechslung ist mit „Pleasure Of Destruction“ kein Blumentopf zu gewinnen. „Die Band war stets bemüht“ würde vermutlich im Zeugnis stehen, würde ein solches ob der Leistung ausgestellt werden. Wer auf hysterisches Gekeife und ein sportliches Tempo im genannten Metier gut kann, der sollte vielleicht mal reinhören, ansonsten kranken RED HILLS in erster Linie an einer gewissen Eintönigkeit, die auch durch keine outstanding Songs in irgendeiner Weise aufgelockert wird.

Harald Deschler (Legacy Magazine #94)

Metalizer #25

metalizer 25Не секрет, что красные шахты отвалов являются главной особенностью пейзажей Донецкой области, они разбросаны по всей угольной части Украины. Группа Red Hills - родом с этих земель и именно поэтому в честь таких красных холмов и получила своё странное на первый взгляд название. Музыканты с удовольствием помогут вам вспомнить, что такое melodic death metal в его исконных традициях, ну если вы вдруг забыли. И если вам по вкусу такие мастодонты жанра, как In Flames, Dark Tranquility, At the Gates, Kalmah, Children Of Bodom и многие другие, то дебютник украинцев "Pleasure Of Destruction" тем более придётся по душе.
Red Hills всегда хотели исполнять что-то вроде слияния гетеборгской и финской школ, и вышедший релиз доказывает, что им это удалось. Яростная и агрессивная подача материала, унаследованная от финнов, и скоростное, но развёрнутое построение композиций, как это обычно делали шведские формации – вот и все слагаемые альбома, завёрнутые в собственную оболочку. Разве что оболочка эта получилась в результате шаблонной, ведь следуя всем канонам и стандартам жанра, невольно подчиняешься общей, так сказать, правильной структуре, которую иногда становится сложно разбивать экспериментами. Собственно в некоторых случаях они и не требуются, если речь идёт о классическом звучании. Но мне, как слушателю, хотелось хотя бы минимального развития, чем очередной альбом в жанре MDM проскочит мимо меня незамеченным, что очень обидно, ведь у Red Hills имеется в запасе недюжинный потенциал и это особенно чувствуется по технике исполнения. Они могут играть в полную силу и отличиться от своих коллег по цеху.
"Pleasure Of Destruction" детально проработан от "корки до корки", начиная от концептуального оформления диска в исполнении известной студии Project Mayhem, и заканчивая отличным фирменным саундом. Тексты песен посвящены социальным проблемам современного общества, ну а как может быть иначе, если смысл альбома кроется в удовольствии от разрушения? Хмурая постапокалиптика полностью правит атмосферой релиза. Дерзкий вокал, резкие гитарные риффы вместе с сочными соло-партиями и звонкие ударные лишь подтверждают выбранный внутри жанра диапазон, треки только совсем не запоминаются, в том смысле, что альбом напрочь лишён хитовости. Остаётся надеяться, что на следующей работе, которая уже вовсю готовится, Red Hills будут эволюционировать и мы сможем услышать что-то действительно интригующее. Релиз предоставлен Total Metal Records.

Присутствует: шикарное оформление, англоязычная лирика, строгие рамки жанра
Отсутствует: хиты, эксперименты, смелые идеи

Атмосфера – 4/5
Техника – 4/5
Материал – 3/5
Реализация – 3/5

Оценка – 3,5/5

Валентина PANTERA Катышева (Metalizer #25)

Rock Hard #26

Rock Hard 26Pri počúvaní tejto kapely som si trochu zaspomínal na staré časy CHILDREN OF BODOM a dopomohol mi k tomu asi spev Anatolyia Kolumba. Trochu šikovnejšie gitary a bol by to návrat k prvým albumom CHILDREN OF BODOM. Sóla ale vyznejú dosť amatérsky a sú len krátkym zábleskom v skladbe. Všetky piesne sú rýchle a dravé, no jedno a to isté tempo uberá celkovému dojmu. Celý set držia gitarové vyhrávky ala CHILDREN OF BODOM a točí sa to len okolo nich. Vyznieva to potom celé ako jedna skladba, ktorá trvá 25 minút. Myslím, že to chce ešte viac hudobných skúseností a výsledok by mohol byt oveľa lepší.

3/5
Pavel Madola (Rock Hard #26)

 

 

R'lyeh 'zine #12

Rlyeh zine 12Tytuł bardzo na czasie, a fakt że zespół pochodzi z Doniecka na Ukrainie może sporo wyjaśnia, nie wiadomo tylko po której ze stron konfliktu opowiada się RED HILLS. Zostawmy jednak gówno zwane polityką i przejdźmy do muzyki. Na debiutanckim albumie, zespół nie ukrywa jakimi torami będzie podążał. Od pierwszego kawałka słychać wpływy DARK MILLENNIUM, AT THE GATES, IN FLAMES, DARK TRANQUILLITY- melodyjne granie podszyte agresją w wyższych rejestrach. Przyznać należy, że RED HILLS są w tym całkiem dobrzy. Łatwo wpada w ucho taka muzyka- szybkie, pełne melodii riffy, wysoki, krzykliwy wokal i ładnie brzmiące bębny. Trzeba powiedzieć, że zespół ten wie jak generować takie dźwięki by przykuć uwagę i nie trywializować gatunku. Od tego już tylko krok do stwierdzenia, że: „coś w tym kurna jest!”.  Bo poza takimi „radiowymi” hitami, jak „Bitch”- mamy też mniej oczywiste numery. Dominują jednak motywy łatwe do zanucenia sobie podczas golenia, czy kolana… Pierwszy krok został więc postawiony- ciekaw jestem co przyniesie przyszłość.

7/10
R'lyeh 'zine #12

 

Variety Of Death Zine

Red Hills are a band from Ukraine that plays a very melodic form of death metal and this is a review of their 2014 album "Pleasure Of Violence" which was released by Total Metal  Records.
A very melodic death metal sound starts off the album along with some growls and screams as well as a good amount of guitar leads and they also bring in a good mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them and at times you can also hear some classic metal influences being thrown into the guitar leads.
The bands music is more rooted in the 90's style of Swedish death metal and stays away from the more modern elements that have watered down the genre over the years and after awhile blast beats can be heard in certain sections of the recording and at times the band also brings in thrash metal influences and they close the album  with an instrumental.
Red Hills plays an old school style of melodic death metal that is very heavy yet catchy at the same time and while it is not very original sounding the songs are still very well executed, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover hateful and real life themes.
In my opinion Red Hills are a very great sounding melodic death metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre

8/10
OccultBlackMetal (Variety Of Death Zine)

Hard Rock Info

Another melodic death metal band from Ukraine. This is their debut album, and they’re not better or worse than any other band in this genre. Good stuff worth checking out in other words. I don’t have much else to add..
They pump out 8 tracks in just 25.46 minutes.

Jimmy Blom (Hard Rock Info)

Metal Blast

Red Hills bring the usual tropes of melodic death metal, particularly from the In Flames side of the audio scale. They’ve got drums firing off uncontrollably with the double bass, heavy guitars with a little fuzz in their sound up front and, oddly enough, a guitar playing some crystal clear riffs in the background, seemingly ready to break into a solo at any moment. Screams are the primary weapon of choice for the vocalist; unfortunately they have a very airy quality to them and lack any real weight. On occasion some growling is used in unison with the shrieks, which improves the quality quite a bit as it covers up their weaknesses. When either the growls or screams are on their own, however, it seems that the singer can’t muster up the vocal power for them to have an impact.
To be blunt, Pleasure of Destruction feels rushed. Whether it’s from being a full album and only clocking in at twenty five minutes, or the non-stop breakneck pace that the music is constantly played at, there is just a certain lack of content. There don’t seem to be any ideas backing up the music, as the singer times in at the same moment on basically every track, making for a predictable experience. In the instrumental side of things, depth and the development of the sound are often sacrificed for sheer speed; it’s as if the band was constantly yelling at each other to play faster and faster with no clue as to what direction they wanted to take, just careening through the audio plains, not taking any time to smell the roses.
At the end of the album there is an interesting instrumental track where the band calms down a bit from their frenzied pace and develops some unique sounds, but it comes much too late and your brain will still be trying to figure out what the hell flew past it in the last twenty minutes. While hard and fast playing is always enjoyable, it does require some planning and preparation and not just charging in head first hoping for the best, as the results will most likely be messy and bland, like poorly made mac n’ cheese.

2.5/5
Steve (Metal Blast)

Lords Of Metal

The Ukrainian band Red Hills calls itself death metal, but the vocals are way too much retro thrash for me to acknowledge that label. The music however is pure melodic death metal. They founded themselves in 2009 and this appears to be their first ever recording straight away. We tend to overlook the immensity of the country that is in fact the biggest country that lies in Europe as a whole. So with that in mind it is not even that strange that every now and then an interesting band will arise from those territories.
You can easily tell that the first generation of death metal bands like Death, Carcass, At The Gates and a while later an In Flames have serves as the blueprint for their musical identity, but then with vocals that still look back at the likes Nuclear Assault and Lääz Rockit, with only a sporadic lonely grunt. The melody lines are fairly good, there is a nice sense of power to it, but it never gets really rude, they are far too civilized for that. And that makes me even more surprised that the titles and lyrics are lacking so much fantasy, something more dignified would have suited better. But it is not up to me to decide what direction they tip the scale. There is nothing that makes them really special, but that is fine itself, as they deliver a solid record, which shows they are ready for the next step in their career.

73/100
Ramon (Lords Of Metal)

Metal Revolution

Ukranian Melodic Death Metallers Red Hills released their debut album entitled Pleasure of Destruction. While it is, technically, their debut album, it also doubles as a Demo of sorts (due to its fairly short running total). Containing a grand total of seven tracks and one instrumental outro, Pleasure of Destruction lasts for twenty-five minutes. A bit too short for my taste; although I must give them credit for not padding up the album with generic or sub-standard tracks and instead focusing on showing the world exactly what they can do. Sure, the album is short, but is filled to the brink with simple, catchy riffs and matching lyrics. All in all this adds up to Red Hills as a very like-able as well as very competent band. On top of that, Red Hills managed to introduce me to a new way of creating Melodic Death Metal; one that is less focused on advanced riffs and powerful presence and instead keeping it simple, relentless and consistent. ”Har dto be a Good Man” is an excellent example of what these five young yet talented Ukranians are capable of.
While they are not exactly what you might expect when you hear the genre ‘Melodic Death Metal’ (at least if you, like me, was expecting something akin to Arch Enemy or In Flames), it is still a very apt description and it definitely has its own merit. Hell, had the album been twice the length, I would even have thrown in as much as another ten points in my overall rating. Because, as great as the album is, I cannot help but sit back wanting for more (as often happens when you find something enjoyable). But still, give it a shot.

53/100
Brian (Metal Revolution)

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