Eighty One Hundred ‘Heaven In Flames’
Album Review By Adam McCann
Independent Release/Heavy/Power Metal
It comes to something in the 21st century to sit back and go, ‘now that is an odd band name’, but there is no doubt that Eighty One Hundred (EOH) fall into that category. Fortunately, for this Italian quintet, that is where the oddness ends. Formed in 2016, EOH bubbled along before releasing their debut album ‘Heaven In Flames’ in 2018.
It may have been two years since EOH released ‘Heaven In Flames’, but this year has the band independently re-releasing their debut album. Now, it’s easy to think: “what’s the point?”, but ‘Heaven In Flames’ is an album that deserves to be heard. Describing themselves as ‘rage metal’ or even ‘modern melodic’ is enough to put some people off; however, clocking in at just over 35 minutes, ‘Heaven In Flames’ has all the hallmarks of traditional heavy metal and therefore would appeal to fans of Savatage, Wolf and even Vicious Rumors and Steelwing that can be seen during the superb tracks ‘Cry Out’, ‘Payback My Time’ and the galloping closing track ‘Power of Revolution’.
For EOH, a re-release of ‘Heaven In Flames’ provides something of a stop-gap, it does show nothing new from the band. But, what it does present is a great opportunity to grab hold of this excellent album and for those fans of a traditional heavy metal sound, this is an album that deserves to be heard and appreciated.
Rating : 80/100
MHF Magazine/Adam McCann