“Too Loud to Live, Too Drunk to Die”

By Theron Moore

I like the idea of rock N roll being raunchy and over the top indulgent.  Lemmy did that with Motorhead and never once apologized for it.   And it worked.  And it resonated with fans.  The same holds true with Gehennah.  All attitude, all swagger. That’s how rock should be.  “Too Loud to Live, Too Drunk to Die” is the definition of this.   

Gehennah is equal parts old school punk and guitar driven metal.  Understand what I just said.  I didn’t say crossover and I didn’t say thrash.  Gehennah has more in common with bands like Venom, Motorhead, The Exploited, even The Business (think “Hardcore Hooligan”), mixed together and tons of alcoholic fun to listen to.  If I had any complaints with this record or band it’d be the same thing I say of the band Inepsy – too many Motorhead sounding guitar riffs.  Which is weird to say, right?  Too much Motorhead, how is that possible?  Sometimes an overriding musical influence can do just that, creep into the music on purpose or not.  It happens.  Sure doesn’t take away from “Too Loud to Live, Too Drunk to Die” in any way, shape or form.

What connects me to this record is the fact that every song is an anthem to who we are and what we stand for, in other words “in rock we trust” my friends.  Going old school in this day and age of shitty Vans Warped Tour bands and the Rob Zombies and Papa Roaches is refreshing.  I’ll take ugly, drunken “fuck you” bands like Gehennah and what they accomplished with “Too Loud to Live, Too Drunk to Die” any day.