The Hollow Cell - Decimation Begins at Home (Independent) - Back
The Hollow Cell are a local Sydney based band who have been making one hell of a name for themselves over the last twelve months. Constantly playing on the metal circuit at a variety of clubs The Hollow Cell have really gathered a following of loyal metal fan throughout Sydney with their fresh hard hitting, in your face sound. The Hollow Cell has the right ingredients for a mayhemic, moshing time and as one of our local bands, I have no doubt that they will be playing the circuit for some time & hopefully will land a contract that will get their music out to more willing listeners across the globe. If you didn’t know the name before you sure do now & I recommend that you all check out their website and album as soon as you can. To be honest I am not a huge fan of the cover art on this album but the music sure makes up where the cover lacks. Brothers Gerard & Ben have written some fantastic tunes & musically Gerard have taken on board many influences and created some very cool music. ‘The Evolution’ has been put together very well and is well worth listening to if ya like bands such as Pantera, Mudvayne, Korn & or Slipknot.

“Intro” - To be honest I am not a huge fan of introductions on albums for the fact that it’s normally two minutes that could have been better spent as a fast punk song or making a kick ass song that much longer. But the intro that The Hollow Cell kicked off with was neither shit nor drawn out. Twenty seconds of music and sounds that sounds like someone skipping through radio channels looking for that perfect song to play. My first thought was how much it reminded me of Kiss’ Detroit rock city but better!

“Human 2 Me” - This is one of my favorite songs on the album. Very cool track with great vocals. The guitar sound resembles that of the late great Dimebag Darrell. It’s very easy to see that guitarist Gerard has been influenced by Dimebag! The melodies on this track are great; I love the Korn feel that the song takes too. Listening to this track I can’t help think of bands such as Biohazard, Pantera and Slipknot with a touch of Korn. Very cool opening track.

“Pain Against The Pain” - I quiet enjoyed this track too. This is another track that really reminds me of Korn in many ways, especially vocally. This is a track I find myself singing along with every time I play it. Nothing in this track that stands out above anything else. I like everything about this track!

“Dead 2 Me” - Wow what a great fuckin’ song. I can see this track would be a crowd favorite. It’s by far one of my favorite songs on the album. Very well written lyrics and the melodies are perfect. This song reminds me again of Slipknot in some ways and Alice in Chains in others. This is a very cool song. Another track that I find myself singing along to even once the track is long finished. I was really impressed with the guitar work on this track, loved all the changes & guitar sound! Probably the second best song on the album.

“This Blood” - By this stage of the album I have to say for a local band I am more than impressed with how great these guys sound. Not if; but when this band makes it, I have no doubt that this will be a single. This is a great radio friendly hard rockin’ song in the same vain as Puddle Of Mudd and Seether but with a bit more vocal growl at times. Vocally fantastic, a job well done and a very cool guitar solo that I enjoyed listening to a number of times. Even though it’s one of the more mellow tracks on the album it’s still somewhat heavy & dark and sure to be a favorite amongst those who take the time out to grab the album

“T.K.O.” - “How many times do I have to tell you to back the fuck up, I won’t be held responsible” Kick ass lyrics that we can all relate to in one way or another. This is no doubt a fight pit favorite. I can see the strobe lights flashing around the venues as this thrash-orientated track kicks off. This is my favorite track of all. I loved everything about this one, the lyrics, the bass sound was killer, the drums sound amazing the vocally kick ass. If ya like ya metal heavy then you will love this track! Great track for those of us who enjoy head banging!

“Bio-Kutt” - Revisited: When this track first kicked off my first initial thoughts were this is straight out of Pantera’s ‘Vulgar Display Of Power’ and reminded me too much of the song ‘Rise’. As the song progressed, tHe HoLLow ceLL sound became new and fresh with touches of Mudvayne & Ministry this was a cool song that I would be interested in hearing live. No doubt the crowd will enjoy moshing along to this track. It’s not one of my favorites on the album & I think there were too many unnecessary changes through-out the song, nevertheless it’s still a pretty cool track that’s worth checking out.

“Hidden Track” - This is so fuckin’ cool. Immediately my reaction was Halloween, this spooky eerie music can only be described as horror theme music at its best. I don’t know how it fits with this album exactly but I’d sure love to hear this piece of music in some horror films.

Overall I would rate this album 70/100 points off more for the cover art then the music all-though a couple of tracks didn’t jump out at me. I still recommend checking these guys out. I really look forward to seeing what else these guys can come up with in the future.


Reviewed By: Cameron Edney