Dodsferd: Spitting with Hatred, The Insignificance of Life

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Dodsferd: Spitting with Hatred, The Insignificance of Life
Black Metal
Moribund Records
March 22nd, 2011
Release length: 55:29
It’s been about two years since the last Dodsferd full-length, Suicide and the Rest of Your Kind Will Follow, with both a split and EP in between. Dodsferd has been a rather busy Black Metal act since forming in 2001 and issuing it’s first demo in 2004, so it was only a matter of time before the next full-length hit. Still at home with Moribund Records, the Greek one man band with session members seems to depart from the approach of the rather experimental sounding previous full-length, and goes with a slightly more traditional Black Metal approach, and with a rather impressive clearer production quality then some acts of this style, as well as on the label, this release manages to hit plenty of the right chords for Black Metal fans.

First of all, Spitting with Hatred, the Insignificance of Life isn’t like a typical underground Black Metal recording. While Moribund Records does feed into the underground bands, styles and sounds, this release actually stands out thanks to it’s clarity. The production values on this effort are rather clear, though still has a slightly raw kick to it, which retains the more atmospheric Black Metal edge to the songs. However, the real bite to the music stems from the general atmosphere that the guitars give off, the distortion used, which varies between your traditional Black Metal distortion pedals, to a more clearer sound that feels more like gazing up at a clear night sky, but never effectively treading into some kind of Shoegaze style. All of this works well to set effective tones for the recording, and leaves the instruments, as well as vocals, to become clear enough to be heard and comprehended without being loaded with static and white noise for a generic ambience.

Musically, the album takes on more of a traditional second wave sound, but brings in an atmospheric trait that really hangs over the music well. With “The Hate Goes On”, you can really feel a somewhat gothic sound to the music, but not necessarily the style. One thing that may turn some listeners off with this song is some similarities in the guitar work that sets the atmosphere coming off like a Midian-era Cradle of Filth inspired piece without the wide vocal range. However, the limited range here works in the album’s favor, as they wind up being solid and consistent wails that work well with the music, and are far from carbon copied from the aforementioned band, bringing in a unique essence to the track, and a more inhuman sounding traditional wail without going overboards with banshee shrieks or terrible distortion to enhance a lo-fi production quality that, luckily, does not exist on this recording. However, the music can sometimes be more adventurous then that, such as with “Your Kingdom was Built in a Lie”, which is a phenomenal faster paced track like “The Hate Goes On”, but one that brings in more of a Punk influence then anything, giving the song a much angrier vibe to it then an emotional one, and will quickly cause this pounding, driving track to be one of your favorites off the recording.

That rich atmosphere does linger throughout the recording, but not all track share a somewhat Cradle of Filth vibe to them. The longer tracks really branch out into a far more interesting prospect that, again, seems to really take the French Black Metal style and run with it, having music that sounds emotional, but brings it back from the more over-the-top sounds of some bands from that region. That vibe is mostly created by a background guitar layer that adds some emotional vibes to the track, and an approach that is more a slower pace with chords heavy enough to add a melancholic feel to the recording against the energetic vocal performance. Typically, the music offers up some changes throughout these longer songs as well, like some of the shifts in “Praying in Vain Under the Shrine of Your God”, though what really stands out is the non-rhaspy vocal approach that is more a shouted, yet slightly harmonized element that sounds as if it’s pleading or begging, adding some more emotion to the atmosphere to keep the listener attentive.

But, eventually much of that starts to wear thing. There’s never really a consistent flow to the effort, and eventually it starts to feel as if the ideas of the first few tracks begin to be rehashed. “Preaching Death and Destruction” takes on a similar sound to “The Hate Goes On” and incorporates the pleading vocal style once more, which appears in the two tracks prior to it. While it’s not a bad idea to mix them up, those different vocals feel random and as if tacked on, and really just become boring after a while due to overuse. Musically, the song is still solid, but it doesn’t quite feel that dynamically different from “The Hate Goes On”. The rest of the album doesn’t really sound like recycled riffs from the first few songs, though the lack of consistancy in the music is still present, but for the most part the closing tracks on here are still unique experiences that really offer some good Black Metal, such as the title track “Spitting with Hatred, the Insignificance of Life” with it’s slightly more Punk qualities and raw aggression here and there, but still maintaining a traditional second wave Black Metal vibe to it. The audio samples that appear later on during the longer bridges towards the climax of the song really help the track out as well, being the first and only time they are used on this recording, filling what could feel like a long gap of repetition with a feeling of important and making that section feel richer before the brief drum solo kicks in, though “A Piloe of shit, The Only Hope of Your World” does carry many similarities to “Praying in Vein Under the Shrine of Your God”, as well as seems to end by fading out, then slowly fades back in as if a whole other section to the song was added later after it was recorded, giving an awkward shift to a continuation of the song.

Spitting with Hatred, the Insignificance of Life is a solid Black Metal effort that pulls various inspirations from the varying styles and time periods. Unfortunately, it leads to a lack of a consistant sound, and in the case of two tracks, can also feel repetitive. Still, this Dodsferd release is a strong effort, and really does pack a good amount of energy behind most of the recording, and takes things into unique directions, though those directions become the downfall of some tracks due to overuse. Spitting with Hatred, the Insignificance of Life is well worth checking out for a Black Metal fan, and the rather clear production quality shows that not all underground Black Metal acts need to have a raw, analog, or generally lo-fi production to put together an enjoyable release full of atmosphere.

01. The Hate Goes On – 4:47
02. Praying in Vain Under the Shrine of Your God – 11:59
03. Your Kingdom Was Built in a Lie – 7:04
04. Preaching Death and Destruction – 6:20
05. Spitting with Hatred the Insignificance of Life – 10:26
06. A Pile of Shit; The Only Hope of Your World – 14:53
Initial Pressing Score: 7/10
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Digital review copy of this release provided by Moribund Records.