HYSTERICA — Force of Metal (review)

HYSTERICA — Force of Metal album cover Single · 2011 · Heavy Metal Buy this album from MMA partners
4.5/5 ·
(Note - I originally reviewed four Hysterica singles as a bulk review, so this one includes my introductory paragraph since its the first one. The reviews should really be read in order of single release to be taken in context)


Swedish all female heavy metal band Hysterica has been releasing a lot of singles this year in the run-up to the release of their second full-length album, The Art of Metal, which is due out in October. Four are out so far, with three to go before release, so I decided to write a bulk review for the four of them in order to stir up a bit of interest for the album, because if the rest is of the same quality as these, then we’re in for a serious treat!

Force of Metal is the first single from The Art of Metal to be released. So far this is the weakest song of the bunch, but it’s still a superior effort to anything from the group’s already solid debut album Metalwar. At first the song comes across as more of the same from the band, but a more polished more of the same. The improvement of the band as musicians can be heard at once. Since Metalwar the group have swapped one of the guitarists for a keyboardist, and the new sounds add new depth to Hysterica’s music. This is a good song, but having heard this track one cannot help but wonder if the whole album will be like it – lyrically cheesy, much like the first one. However the girls will then prove that The Art of Metal will not be a one trick pony with the next single release...

(Originally written for Heavy Metal Haven, scored at 9.2/10)
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