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Tales of Terror

Hallows Eve - Tales of Terror ©1985 Metal Blade
1. Plugging to Megadeath
2. Outer Limits
3. Horror Show
4. The Mansion
5. There Are No Rules
6. Valley of the Dolls
7. Metal Merchants
8. Hallow's Eve/Routine

When Hallows Eve emerged in the mid 80s, they were one of the many bands inspired by the new sounds created by the likes of Metallica, Anthrax and other thrash/speed metal outfits. No doubt it was an exciting time to be in a heavy metal band, forging a new take on a familiar sound. But as you might expect, user results may vary. On the positive side, I can safely say Hallows Eve was doing the very best they could. But on the more realistic side, they simply were never quite adept enough at the craft to warrant more than a precursory once-over for most fans.

For bands like Hallows Eve, there's a pretty simple litmus test regarding how vital they are for your collection. Can you picture another heavy metal fan saying, "Man, oh man, Hallows Eve is my all time favorite band!" and mean it? No offense to the guys in Hallows Eve, but they simply don't evoke that sort of devotion or passion. Again, I am sure they were trying their best and their enthusiasm on this record is quite noticeable. One can appreciate the energy in "There Are No Rules", but they simply lacked the chops to really break out from the pack.

The time period of 1983-1985 was a rather impressive era for the thrash/speed metal movement. Many classic albums made their way into the hearts and minds of heavy metal fans, enduring to this day. While Tales of Terror has a few okay moments, it falls way short of being memorable beyond being a contemporary of the better artists of that time.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 05/2010

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Death And Insanity

Hallows Eve - Death And Insanity ©1986 Metal Blade
1. Death And Insanity
2. Goblet Of Gore
3. Lethal Tendencies
4. Obituary
5. Plea Of The Aged
6. Suicide
7. D.I.E.
8. Attack Of The Iguana
9. Nefarious
10. Nobody Lives Forever
11. Death And Insanity (reprise)

Hallow's Eve was yet another one of the many thrash bands that surfaced in the mid to late 80s only to get limited attention. Death and Insanity happens to be a pretty good record, though not precisely the kind of thing that will separate them from the pack. This particular album shows they occasionally could write an energetic romp through the thrash woods, such as the title track, "Lethal Tendencies" (where singer Stacy Anderson lets out some pretty good bellows) or "Nobody Lives Forever". But at the same much of the material is relatively bland and typical of the times. There was a reasonable amount of melody and as on "Nobody Lives Forever", Anderson can carry a tune fairly well without resorting to outright shrieking or falsettos. The band didn't necessarily resort to speed throughout the album, often aiming for a midpaced approach with emphasis on riffage to carry the songs. Of course, when the riffs aren't particularly special, that doesn't help a whole lot. Hallow's Eve is one of those sort of bands that have a bit of a special nostalgia feeling to them because of the fact I listened to them quite a bit as a teenager and due to that, Death and Insanity is something I'll put on from time to time. As for recommending them to others, I insist you, as well, must have similar fond memories of growing up in the late 80s thrash scene. Otherwise I'd prefer to point you to better thrash bands of the era.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 04/2000

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Monument

Hallows Eve - Monument ©1988 Metal Blade
1. Speed Freak
2. Sheer Heart Attack
3. Rot Gut
4. Monument (to Nothing)
5. Pain Killer
6. The Mighty Decibel
7. The Righteous Ones
8. No Sanctuary

Hallows Eve's 1988 Monument is definitely one of those albums that even hardcore thrash enthusiasts can do without. On their earlier releases, the band at least was able to write a few songs that were above mediocrity but on a whole Monument is more like a tourist trap. When you have a song praising high volume with "The Mighty Decibel", you know that the band is scraping the bottom of the musical idea barrel. Riffs are very uninteresting and are about as exciting as waiting for your number to be called at the DMV. Whereas Stacy Anderson let out some pretty massive bellows on Death and Insanity, he sounds positively sedate throughout all of Monument. Most ironically, when he states, "I feel so inarticulate" on "Sheer Heart Attack", you realize how true that statement rings for the entire album. Maybe the band had something else in mind when they conceived this record, but it certainly isn't delivered with any sort of conviction. Definitely a record to avoid.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 05/2000

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Evil Never Dies

Hallows Eve - Evil Never Dies ©2006 Xtreemmusic
1. Soldier
2. Monkey's Paw
3. Technicolour Roadkill
4. Looking Glass
5. Sweetest Tongue, Sharpest Tooth
6. Interlude
7. Vampires Drink Deep
8. Evil Never Dies including Black Queen
9. The Ballad of Mortuary Harry

One trend I have never particularly taken a shine to is mediocre 80s metal bands suddenly resurfacing a couple decades later. For many bands, they were simply part of the glut of bands that surfaced as the popularity of thrash and speed metal blossomed in the mid 80s and most went away when interested faded. Rather than persevere, many seemingly waited it out while metal regained popularity over the last decade plus. Hallows Eve, who had a handful of good songs in their original incarnation, was one such band. Granted, I did enjoy moments on Death and Insanity, but the reality is that this is one of those bands who didn't get much initial attention for the reason they just weren't that interesting.

So it is a bit head scratching when such a band resurfaces in 2005. I'm not sure if they expected fanfare, parades and a viral sensation to ripple over the internet. Obviously that didn't occur for Hallows Eve. Their last studio release was in 1988, so it's hard to picture there being much fan demand for their return. And apparently only Tommy Stewart from the original lineup was excited enough to reform the band. Evil Never Dies features Stewart plus three newcomers to the Hallows Eve world of obscurity. One of the members goes by the very scary name "Skullator", and presumably he's responsible for the death metal grunting that appears here and there on the album. Evidentally Hallows Eve took notice of the many stylistic changes that had occurred since 1988 and decided to provide their own mediocre take on them. This allows the band to span the decades with generally uninspiring music.

From the get-go, Evil Never Dies is a perpetually bland record that demonstrates having seventeen years to write new material doesn't result in anything metal fans should do cartwheels over. It's one thing to resurface if you have some fresh ideas, but I just can't fathom the point of reforming a band to show off precisely how irrelevant they can be in multiple eras. Hallows Eve asserts that Evil Never Dies. Neither do mediocre thrash metal bands.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 03/2011

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