Hydra Vein – Rather Death Than False Of Faith (1988)
What’s so bloody great about it?
Wallowing in the same dirty cess pool as early Onslaught and Venom, Rather Death Than False Of Faith stands toe to toe with the cream of late 80’s thrash metal. These guys could out slay Slayer when they put their filth-encrusted minds to it and the pure thrash carnage of “Crucifier” and “Rabid” (in fairness, this one’s a little too Slayer-esque for comfort at times) provides a welcome jolt to the system and may take newcomers by surprise!
Regardless of tempo – and Hydra Vein were as adept at blinding speed as they were mid-paced stomp – the key to Hydra Vein’s success (we use that term loosely) hinged on quality over quantity. Featuring just the 8 tracks, it’s notable that all 8 tracks have their moment, whether that’s a shout from the rooftops chorus, face-ripping solo or neck-wrecking riff, each and every song slams hard and features at least one highly memorable moment.
Hydra Vein may have been left in the thrash wilderness but fans of Onslaught’s The Force, Sacrilege’s Behind the Realms Of Madness, Venom’s Black Metal, Slayer’s Hell Awaits and Sabbat’s History Of A Time To Come need this album…. and that’s despite cover art which looks like it was painted by a partially sighted 4 year old!
What are they up to now?
Nothing, nada, nowt, nil, zero, zilch, diddly squat. Hydra Vein called it a day in 1990 and that’s that.
Correction! Hydra Vein will be playing live for the first time in 32 years next February! Who saw that coming? Not us!!!
Liked that? Try this: 1989’s After The Dream is a damn decent follow-up and well worthy of your time.