Hitten is a heavy metal band from Spain formed in 2011 releasing their debut E.P. ‘Shake The World’ in 2012. The band’s first full-length album ‘First Strike With The Devil’ was released in 2014, with their second and third albums – ‘State Of Shock’ and ‘Twist Of Fate’ emerging in 2016 and 2018 respectively. ‘Triumph & Tragedy’ is Hitten‘s fourth full length, and was released in 2021.
As the band has grown, their sound has grown too – Hitten now delivering a meld of heavy metal and hard rock, with a massive melodic edge. The band’s new album coasts through ten songs over a fifty-minute run time, each one infectious and highly memorable. ‘Built To Rock’ opens the album with a Van Halen-esque guitar riff, proceeding to pummel the senses with blazing guitars and thunderous drums. Full of energy and oomph, ‘Built To Rock’ is a corker of an opening salvo, with ‘Eyes Never Lie’ a worthy follow-up. The heavy-hitting and attractive nature of the opening double is instant-like, making heads immediately look up and take notice. And after just two songs, ‘Triumph & Tragedy’ (the album) is setting the world alight.
Moving on, Hitten adopts a more mid-tempo yet heavier feel with the hard rock swagger of ‘Meant To Be Mean’. The all-out electric energy of the previous two songs is fully reined in, in favor of the heavy-hitting foot stomp. Energy levels return to normal with the metal and rock combo ‘Hard Intentions (Secret Dancer)’. A meld of two o’ the greatest genres of music – heavy metal and hard rock – Hitten delivers an infectious and attractive romp that is gonna plant smiles a mile wide on the faces of fans all over the world. Upping the pace, tempo, and bombast, ‘Ride Out The Storm’ is a fiery gallop of traditional metal, with the added oomph of the band’s hard-rocking nature. The fastest song heard so far, ‘Ride Out The Storm’ is a glorious gallop of “foot on the monitor” heavy metal that just demands to headbang. With brakes hit hard to slow the pace, ‘Core Of The Flame’ is a ballad come anthem come hymn like the swagger of mid-tempo mellowness and foot-tapping addictivity. Really spell check! Addictivity!! Surely you’re wrong!!! Okay, okay, maybe addictivity should be replaced by addictiveness, but I like my variation better.
Maintaining the album’s recent downturn in pace, ‘Under Your Spell’ strides on, albeit with a lot more energy than the previous song. The infectious nature Hitten has liberally sprinkled all over this album is phenomenal, each and every song is a laser-guided jewel that hits the sweet spot every time. ‘Light Beyond The Darkness’ returns ‘Triumph & Tragedy’ (the album) to the realms of heavy metal. The galloping rhythm, the catchy sing-along style chorus – Hitten are firing on all cylinders to produce what is most probably, their best work to date. Landing in ballad country, ‘Something To Hide’ is a mellow meander, lighters held high, sway from side to side moment that has tempo changes aplenty. A cracking breather from the pace and energy of the album so far, ‘Something To Hide’ is similar to the old saying “calm before the storm” – with the storm the eleven plus minutes final hurrah (and title song) ‘Triumph & Tragedy’. Taking a long stroll through all facets of the heavy metal genre, ‘Triumph & Tragedy’ (the song) is an unabashed climactic finish to a very good album.
Overall, an energetic and melodic romp through the genres of heavy metal and hard rock, Hitten has probably just delivered the best album of their career.
Release Year: 2021
Label: High Roller Records
Reviewed by Iron Mathew for Frenzy Fire, and Metal-Roos.