J.J Hrubovcak is a solo artist from Florida that has played in a lot of established bands and with his solos work he combines brutal death metal with Christmas music and this is a review of his self released 2013 ep "Hellish Renditions Of Christmas Classics".
"Unrest For Melancholy Men (God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen)" which is the first song on the ep opens up with heavy and brutal sounding death metal guitar riffs before adding in growls and blast beats from the drums and you can hear some christmas melodies in the guitar riffing and towards the end there is a brief use of guitar solos and leads being utilized along with some high pitched screams.
"Earthen Kings (We Three Kings)" starts up with heavy guitar riffs and drums along with death metal growls and then the music starts adding in melody along with a small amount of screams which also leads up to guitar solos and leads kicking in and the song sticks to a mid paced direction.
"Nutcracker: Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairy" begins with christmas music sounds and a few seconds alter heavy and melodic guitar riffs kick in as well as a small amount of blast beats which also leads up to solos and leads and you can also hear the bass guitars in certain sections of the song.
"Greenseekers" opens up with heavy and melodic guitar riffs along with drums which also utilize some blast beats along with some powerful bass guitars in the background and a minute alter guitar solos and leads kick in.
"O Come, O Come, Azrael (O Come, O, Come, Emmanuel)" which is also the last song on the ep begins with distorted guitar effects and leads along with death metal growls and screams a few seconds later as well as melodic guitar riffing and you can also hear bass guitars in the background.
Song lyrics cover a concept on the angel Azrael, a story about his childhood up to the time he betrays humanity, while the production has a very strong, powerful, heavy and professional sound for being a self released recording.
In my opinion J.J Hrubovcak is a very great sounding artist and if you are looking for something original in death meta, you should check out this ep. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Unrest For Melancholy Men (God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen)" and "O Come, O Come, Azrael (O Come, O, Come, Emmanuel)". RECOMMENDED BUY.