Various Artists – The Depression Sessions album review

Various modern metallers take a collective gamble with The Depression Sessions. Read our review here...

The Depression Sessions album cover

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It’s certainly commendable that three of metal’s heaviest modern bands – Thy Art Is Murder, The Acacia Strain and Fit For An Autopsy – have gotten together to record this six-track EP, but, while the spirit of camaraderie is here in spades, the main talking point that will dominate The Depression Sessions is the fact that it is the final release to feature a CJ McMahon-fronted Thy Art Is Murder.

It’s not the greatest swansong either, with new song They Will Know Another impressing with its slow-build-turned-frantic-blastbeat action yet never reaching the heights of last year’s Holy War album. And their cover of Rammstein’s Du Hast brings very little but a higher tempo to the original. The Acacia Strain take bronze with the totally pedestrian Sensory Deprivation and a cover of Soundgarden’s Black Hole Sun that strips all the brooding menace and melancholic nuance from it and replaces it with empty growling. So it’s Fit For An Autopsy who steal the show here, mainly because they at least try to nod towards the grandiosity of a band like Gojira on Flatlining, and Nine Inch Nail’s The Perfect Drug actually benefits from being turned into a riffed-up heavy metal song. But, ultimately, this is for hardcore fans and collectors only.

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Stephen Hill

Since blagging his way onto the Hammer team a decade ago, Stephen has written countless features and reviews for the magazine, usually specialising in punk, hardcore and 90s metal, and still holds out the faint hope of one day getting his beloved U2 into the pages of the mag. He also regularly spouts his opinions on the Metal Hammer Podcast.