The world is, as we all know, in state of chaos but international band Them is back without a pause with their 3rd full length entitled Return To Hemmersmoor to conclude their infamous horror trilogy. We all know that this troop is labeled as mere King Diamond copy and it is easy to dismiss them by the band’s name, the facts that they are dealing with horror concepts and their singer KK Fossor belch out those high falsetto while being adorned in make up but wait! Take a listen to their Return To Hemmersmoor and you will see that these comparisons are not accurate and the book should not be judged by its cover. Already their previous album Manor of the Se7en Gables has showed the removal of traditional HM sound with larger dose of aggression and Return To Hemmersmoor is final proof for that statement. The thing is, Them is now more thrashy than ever and one can take the song Battle Blood (video was also released for that one) to see what I am talking about. There are similar examples (like Hellhounds: The Harbingers of Death or Age Of Ascension) throughout the whole album, and Them are reaching the punch of Testament or Exodus on these tracks. Their marrying of thrash and heavy metal styles can also remind you of Iced Earth, so you understand that we are not dealing here with simple copycat of a band. Of course everything is spiced up with horror atmosphere, chilling keyboards and dark vocals just to paint everything in that recognizable Them vibe. Unfortunately we haven’t received the lyrics so I cannot tell you about the concept behind Return To Hemmersmoor but the musical content is strong enough to once and for all separate Them from bad tagging they have received in the past. We sincerely hope that the fans will listen up what Return To Hemmersmoor has in store so this band can grow even further freely!
Zvonko Savic (8)