Review by Mark Dillon [10.04.14]


With Halloween approaching it seems only fitting that Hell’s Headbangers is getting set to release October 31’s 4th full length record “Bury the Hatchet”. Hailing from Arlington, Virginia this group delivers no nonsense straight ahead heavy metal. “Bury the Hatchet” is a slice of fist pumping horror themed metal.


While there seems to be a glut of retro heavy metal bands lately October 31 has been carrying the old school flag since 1995.  While a lot of the aforementioned “retro metal bands” seem to be doing little more than paying tribute to the heavy metal heroes of the past October 31 comes off as genuine. Their love for those halcyon days is apparent but their execution comes across as true conviction rather than 80’s worship.


The production on “Bury the Hatchet” is good and what you would expect of a band of this style, it sounds natural and organic without coming across as muddy. My only real complaint about the sound is the guitar solos, they seem to get lost in the over use of reverb.  An album like this needs those leads to be in your face.


Most of “Bury the Hatchet” is full of mid paced rockers like the title track and “Arsenic on the Rocks” there are also some great faster songs on there. Like the albums opener “Tear Ya Down”. October 31 aren’t breaking any new ground here but what they are doing is delivering dam fine heavy metal. How can you not like a band that mentions their own name twice in the first 30 seconds of the album.






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