Review: Avatar — Hail the Apocalypse

Rated:

4/5

From the crushing riffage of their new album’s eponymous opening track, Avatar take listeners on a rollicking ride through a nightmarish fun house befitting the group’s carnivalesque image. The band’s demented clown/ringleader/frontman, Johannes Eckerström, leads the way, unleashing a vocal range that spans the roar of Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe to Marilyn Manson-like growls over outstanding tracks like “What I Don’t Know” and “Tsar Bomba.” Save the gloomy, and somewhat boring, “Tower” and “Something in the Way,” Avatar’s sound is fierce, honed, and cathartic enough to have many new fans running away with this circus. JEREMY BORJON

Check out “Bloody Angel” from Hail the Apocalypse.


  • Kayla Riggall

    I guess I agree that Tower is ‘boring’ but I read that he wrote it for his girlfriend… So that is sweet in itself. Get in Line, Use and Abuse, and Death of Sound are my favorites that aren’t singles. I love the guitars Instruments in Tsar Bomba, just wish I knew German!

  • Gavin Hale

    Tower is a fantastic song, very dark and atmospheric. Like their last album, Black Waltz, the tracks are all so unique yet still so Avatar that the album keeps you entertained during every listen. Big things await this band.

  • Timo

    I totally agree with Gavin concerning “Tower”. I generally prefer faster, more energetic songs with a more asskicking attitude, but this song really caught my attention and now I can’t stop listening to it. It has such a brilliant dark and gloomy atmosphere. That’s so great about Avatar – they are able to switch between a more aggressive, freaky attitude and these calmer, darker, atmospheric parts and both fit together and sound great.

    @Kayla: I am from Germany and if it helps you I will translate the lyrics of “Tsar Bomba” into English:

    Tsar Bomba

    Wake up!
    What’s up?

    The rainbow’s looking black to me
    Through my birth
    it has been decided
    I have no heart

    A ghost
    haunts me
    Be greeted
    you Master Battle
    Pushed back
    You pull me to the past

    Be gentle
    come closer
    What do you see except my face?
    The abyss eats everybody
    A being made of fear and hatred

    Pharaoh, emperor, lord of corpses
    Tsar Bomba
    Pharaoh, emperor, lord of corpses
    Tsar Bomba

    A world in flames
    I cannot breath
    There is no air
    Fallen in war
    in the eternal battle against you

    Pharaoh, emperor, lord of corpses
    Tsar Bomba
    Pharaoh, emperor, lord of corpses
    Tsar Bomba

    A human will always stay a human and
    a pig is likely to stay a pig
    You bloody pig

    Be gentle
    come closer
    What do you see except my face?
    The abyss eats everybody
    A being made of fear and hatred

    Pharaoh, emperor, lord of corpses
    Tsar Bomba
    Pharaoh, emperor, lord of corpses
    Tsar Bomba

  • Mandy

    I really like their song “Bloody Angel”. The lyrics are dark and creepy, and the meaning is even creepier. But that’s why I like it.