Hollow Earth – From The Beginning & To The End by Demitri Levantis

Rating: 2.5/5
Distributor/label: Self Released
Distributor/label URL: http://www.hollowearthofficial.com/
Released: March 2014
Buy Album [URL]: http://hollowearthshop.bigcartel.com/
Band Website: http://www.hollowearthofficial.com/


Band line-up:

Pol Dy – Vocals

Michael Munroe – Drums

Redshadow – Guitars

dBase – Synths

Tracklisting: From The Beginning

1) Kids
2) Hell
3) Revolution 4 Puppets
4) Shinigami
5) Ethereus, etherei


 To the End:

1) Part of me
2) Fony
3) Birth of a New Hope
4) Final Chapter
5) Something to die for


Hollow Earth are new on the Hardcore dance scene, hailing all the way from Madrid. On their website they say their aim is to present deeper aspects of sensation through a rhythmic and melodic experience. There is certainly rhythm on their double album release: FROM THE BEGINNING and TO THE END, though melodies are only prevalent on the latter.

FROM THE BEGINNING has a more aggressive and punk rock feel to it, with rapping vocals similar to Linkin Park and Papa Roach, therefore this will please a keen fan of nu metal. “Kids” reminded me a bit of Skinny Puppy and Combichrist, but I began to feel tracks “Hell” and “Revolution 4 Puppets” would only be best suited for a nightclub and not the kind of thing fitting for an iPod or walkman – unless you’re a dance music audiophile.

“Shinigami” and “Ethereal Etherei” continue themes of despair and sadness which are song worthy but the arrangements of synths and guitars seemed a little mixed up. I can tell the band were trying to be experimental but it felt there was no forward path in the direction of the music.

TO THE END however, takes a more melodic and melancholic feel with opening track “Part of Me” feeling quite eerie. Later on we have drums sounding similar to old school jungle music which would please a crowd at Slimelight or Antichrist but drowns out the political and angsty vocals. I did enjoy the science fiction vibe that came with the guitars and machines on this album, especially on “Birth of a New Hope” which reminded me of N64 and NES music, but it didn’t leave a lasting impression.

A good try for a first release, but if this band want to stand out from the rest, I think they have a lot to work on. They’ll please fans of nu metal and rap rock and dubstep, but they should listen to a lot more EBM and darkwave and darker techno if they want to broaden their listenership.

Review by Demitri Levantis