My second Gravity Group coaster, Hades comes in as my second favorite coaster at Mt. Olympus. Interestingly, the most unique aspect of this ride is undoubtedly the pitch-black tunnel below the parking lot that you traverse twice, and it is this element that actually causes Hades to lose a point or so for me. The darkness is certainly complete as nothing can be seen of the elements that you are navigating, but I found this to actually be disappointing for a couple of reasons. First, you cannot see the crazy elements that you are riding through, so that the 90-degree turn and other features are somewhat lost. In addition, the darkness makes it almost impossible to prepare for these elements, especially on the first few circuits, which increases the pain associated with what is an aggressive, if not really rough, coaster. As with Voyage, Hades cannot really be described as rough, but it is not especially smooth either, especially the last portion of the ride after the large airtime hill that you hit when you get back parkside.
As a side note, it was cool to see that some of the same characteristics that I remember from Voyage were present here too, including the smell of the coaster itself, particularly in the tunnels, and the immense intensity of the final act, as both Gravity Group creations seem to be at their most ferocious in the closing moments. In the end, Hades does not quite possess some of the epic qualities that Voyage does, nor does it have the “lower gear” that most other wooden coasters have, especially at the end of the ride. The net result it a forceful and power-packed woodie that lacks the degree of grandeur that Voyage has and the refinement that characterize at least some of the layout of most other coasters.