Bow down, metal nation. All Hail The Yeti has returned. And it has done so in grand fashion with its long-awaited sophomore album Screams From a Black Wilderness. The thirteen-song record is a musical offering that proves to be a solid follow-up to the band’s self-titled 2012 debut from beginning to end. That is thanks both to the song’s powerful musical arrangements and equally engaging campfire horror stories. Both elements combine within the course of each song to make Screams From a Black Wilderness a record that every metal purist should hear at least once if not more now that it is available. The album’s opener and lead single ‘Before The Flames’ is a good example of how that mix of music and lyrics makes this record such a solid return for All Hail The Yeti. ‘Witch Is Dead,’ the album’s midway point, is another piece that exemplifies the power of this record’s musical and lyrical material. It will be discussed later. ‘Let The Night Roar’ is one more example of that power. All three songs, when set against one another, paint a clear picture of the power of the album’s musical and lyrical content. Together with the rest of the album’s offerings, all thirteen songs make this fifty-nine minute record a collection of songs that is one more of 2016’s top new hard rock and metal records.
Four years removed from the release of its self-titled debut album All Hail The Yeti has returned with a new offering that actually bests that record. That is proven time and again throughout the course of the album’s thirteen songs and fifty-nine minute run time. Its opener and lead single ‘Before The Flames’ is proof of that in itself. This is thanks both to its musical arrangement and its lyrical content. In regards to the song’s musical content it is a piece that any fan of Hellyeah, Dry Kill Logic, Motionless in White and other acts of that ilk. The arrangement in question is a mid-tempo composition that is driven largely by its guitar line and drums. Front man Connor Garritty conjures thoughts of Hellyeah/Mudvayne front man Chad Gray with his vocal delivery. That adds even more punch to the song’s musical arrangement. It’s just one part of what makes this song proof of the album’s overall strength. The song’s lyrical content is just as important to the song as its musical makeup. Garritty noted in a recent interview that the album’s songs are lyrically based on well-known campfire horror stories. And the story behind this song is horror, needless to say. It centers on the story of an orphanage that caught fire and killed all of the children inside. It would be interesting to discover the roots of the story. Though, the story of Vermillion’s Gore Orphanage in Ohio seems to line up pretty well with this story. One part of the story even has the spirits of the children running through the woods, allegedly still on fire, screaming “Help Me” much as Garritty screams “Help Us” Save Us/Fire and flame are surrounding us.” The little girl telling her parents in a letter (that obviously never made it to them) of how the fire started makes the story even more painful to hear. That is not to say that there is any truth to the Ohio legend. But the two stories definitely do sound similar. Regardless of whether or not a relationship exists between that story and the story behind this song, it can still be said that the combination of the song’s story and its musical arrangement makes this song one of the album’s best and just one example of what makes Screams From a Black Wilderness a solid sophomore effort from All Hail The Yeti and a record that was well worth the wait.
‘Before The Flames’ is a good example of what makes All Hail The Yeti’s long-awaited sophomore album Screams From a Black Wilderness a solid sophomore effort from the Los Angeles, CA-based band. It shows just as much why the album was well worth the wait. While it is a good example of both, it is not the only good example of each. The album’s midpoint, ‘Witch Is Dead,’ is another example of what makes this record stand out. In terms of its musical content the influences of Dry Kill Logic and Hellyeah are clear and present throughout. That is especially the case in the song’s chorus in which Garritty and company chant, “Hey, hey the witch is dead/Which old witch/The wicked witch/Hey, hey the wicked witch is dead/Wake up/Your blood runs red/As it drips off of your head/Wake up/The f****** b**** is dead” against the song’s pounding drums and guitars. The chorus isn’t the only place in which those influences show themselves. They are just as evident throughout the song’s verses, too. Speaking of the song’s verses their content sounds pretty violent to say the least. However one must keep in mind here that ‘Witch Is Dead’, like the album’s other songs, is based on a classic campfire horror story. Considering this one can only wonder which story was the influence behind the song. That is because in today’s era it sadly sounds like way too many real life murder stories. Garrity sings here of a man who has perhaps murdered a woman. That is inferred as he screams, “It seems like lately there’s no more you and I/Will not take this anymore/I come to judge you f****** w****/I bet you die alone/There is no chance in this life you’re making/All alone/So stop breathing/You sucked up enough.” That’s just the song’s lead verse, too. Things don’t’ lighten up any in the song’s second verse. Garritty’s character screams here, “And now you’re mine/Your hands are tied and you’re squealin’ like a swine/It makes me smile/When I realize that I/Have you where I want you/I always knew it would end like this.” It gets even harsher in the song’s closing verse. That verse will be left for audiences to discover for themselves. But it goes without saying that whichever classic campfire story is the basis for this song, it definitely is a scary one. And that fear factor, when set against the song’s musical content, makes the song in whole a work that is just as nightmare-inducing as it is entertaining (thanks to its musical content). As crazy as it might seem, the mix of that fear factor and entertainment factor shows why the song in whole is another good example of what makes Screams From a Black Wilderness such a solid and welcome new return from All Hail The Yeti. It still is not the album’s only other example, either. ‘Let The Night Roar’ is one more example of what makes this record such a solid and welcome return for the band.
‘Before The Flames’ and ‘Witch Is Dead’ are both key examples of what makes All Hail The Yeti’s new album a solid and welcome return for the band. They are just a couple of examples of what makes it so solid and welcome. ‘Let The Night Roar’ is one more of the album’s strong points. The song’s musical arrangement sets its foundation. Its musical arrangement boasts a familiar heavy, chugging sound that is more akin to the likes of Crowbar, Down, and others of that ilk. In regards to its lyrical content it is obvious right from the song’s opening verse that the song is centered on the Jonestown Massacre. That is because Garritty screams right in the opening lines, “They were told to line up/And drink the glass of Flavor-Aid…would send them to an early grave.” He even makes light of Jones having a hurried, agitated sense about him when he told his followers to drink the juice and commit suicide, as soldiers were coming.” This depiction is spot on according to the story of what happened at Jonestown. What’s really scary here is that the band even gives voice to Jones’ followers as they tell Jones that they drink to make him happy. The way in which Garritty and company sing those lines makes the story so sad. That is because of the knowledge that they had been completely brainwashed by that madman. It also incorporates what can only be assumed to be audio of Jones talking to his followers in the course of the song in order to heighten the song’s impact. It does just that, too. That heightened impact, when set against the song’s heavy, chugging musical arrangement, once again shows why this composition is one of the album’s strongest points. When set alongside the likes of ‘Witch Is Dead’ and ‘Before The Flames’ all three songs join together to paint a very scary picture in the best way possible. They paint a picture of an album that will entertain listeners once more just as much as it will scare them with each of its songs’ stories. This applies just as much with the album’s remaining songs not noted here. All things considered the musical and lyrical material that makes up the body of this record shows it in whole to be a record that is a solid, welcome return from All Hail The Yeti and also one of the best new hard rock and metal albums of the year.
All Hail The Yeti’s new album Screams From a Black Wilderness is a solid, welcome return from the Los Angeles, CA-based metal outfit. It is also one of this year’s top new hard rock and metal records. That is thanks to stories that real or imagined are the stuff of nightmares. The musical foundation set by the song’s arrangements adds even more impact to the album. This applies not only to the songs noted in this review but to every one of the album’s featured offerings. All things considered Scenes From a Black Wilderness proves to be a solid, welcome return for All Hail The Yeti and one of the year’s top new hard rock and metal offerings. It is a record that will leave audiences and other bands bowing to the band as one of the metal community’s next big names. It is available now and can be downloaded direct online via iTunes and Amazon. More information on Screams From a Black Wilderness is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:
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