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Dragged Into Sunlight: Hatred for Mankind
Black Metal, Doom Metal, Stoner Metal
Prosthetic Records
January 18th, 2011
Release length: 51:17
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When I first heard the band name Dragged Into Sunlight, many different things ran through my head. At first I argued over the name, feeling that it might be improper English, eventually my general disgust over my person feelings on the band name subsided after a little more thought. Of course, naturally the next thing I, as well as many others who would hear the band name, woould immediately think this is another vampire-based band, but hopefully not an act like the recent Electronica inspired Vampires Everywhere!!. However, that was dashed as soon as I glimped the artwork, which appears to be two Satanic KKK members tearing a fetus out of a white woman who appears to be terribly contorted and somehow spraying what seems to be shards of ice towards the night sky. Interesting. If this weren’t a release through Prosthetic Records, one would immediately take this act as some sort of Satanic white supremist group. The artwork even leads you to believe they may be from the South of the United States. Of course, none of this seems to be true, as this Liverpool, UK based act blends in a Blackened Sludge sound mixed with Death and Doom Metal for their first full-length effort, Hatred for Mankind, originally released in 2009, and reissued through Prosthetic Records in 2011. While a Blackened sludge approach seems to be something growing in the Metal world, does this album take it too far, or is it just right to create a unique, original sound?

The music on Hatred for Mankind is, infact, rather unique, but at the same time not all that different from what one would expect. For the most part, the band’s heavy Sludge compositions are about what you would expect from today’s top Sludge performers. The music itself is just insanely heavy, hammering away at the listener with fantastic Doom-influenced distortion that perfectly suits the band’s angressive attitude and performances. The jumping between Black Metal and Death Metal on here is superb, and if it does change within the track, it is often so seemless that you may not even pick up on it at all. Of course, the music itself can seem to just hammer away with more of a Thrash intensity, though it’s meerly the speed at which the songs are played, which is simply brutalizing. Not all tracks feature that sort of speed, however, but for the most part, the intensity that is established on “Boiled angel” exists on each song, though once in a while it may be amped up a little more, such as on “Bured With Leeches”.

Every track on Hatred For Mankind starts off with an audio clip of smeone talking. The clip usually varies between the random people and sayings, though most seem to focus on self-realization about something wrong with them and taking responsibility for what happened, or just violent or abusive speech. The first sample on the album, which is used during “Boiled Angel”, however, seems to be an audio sample from a speech that might have been given by the recent former US president, George Bush, though the voice sounds different and comes off more as someone impersonating the guy. Unfortunately, the distinction is pretty hard to miss by the way the words are being spoken, it becomes obvious, and using it really hinders the album simply because he’s been out of office for so long, leaving using sound clips of him, faked or not, as just being rather boring and tedious at this point. Even if it’s not supposed to be him, the clip really isn’t all that great, and if not then it loses some of it’s humor at the same time, and just seems to be drug out under the music.

While “Boiled Angel” and “Buried With leeches” actually make up the two heaviest song on the recording, though the rest of the album comes really close, the two main tracks here tha t will capture the listeners attention are actually “Lashed to the Grinder and Stoned to Death” and “I, Aurora”. In the first of those two, the song lasts a little more then ten and a half minutes, and the whole time manages to weave together all the styles nicely, with superb transitions, and nothing feels off or even drawn out. The entire song is performed with the same amount of energy at the end as it is at the start, and just really is an impressive song with plenty of changes thrown into it to keep the material from becoming drawn out and repetitive, but all without losing that intensity and aggressive edge that kicked this album off with “Boiled Angel”. Of course, while that track is quite impressive, it’s the latter of the two, “I, Aurora”, is far more impressive, and even technical, providing more changes to the music throughout, as well as includes some background viking-like chanting and singing at times that just escalates the overall intensity and epic sound of the track. The only problem that can be found on this song is that once in a while, if you listen close enough, you can hear the bass go off beat, but it’s only minor and very few times at that.

Hatred for Mankind is an album that is heavy as hell and is going to kick your ass. There’s no other way to put it. Outside that clip that honestly just feels like the band hammering a dead running joke into our heads, the other audio clips are often well suiting to the music, and the songs on this effort are just simply intense and furious, filled with pure aggression and energy. If you missed out on the original pressing of this Dragged Into Sunlight metal assault, then now is your time to check it out, especially now that it’s found a label to give it the availability that it well deserves.

01. Boiled Angel – 4:25
02. Buried with Leeches – 6:45
03. Volcanic Birth – 9:31
04. To Hieron – 2:47
05. Lashed to the Grinder and Stoned to Death – 10:51
06. I, Aurora – 11:36
07. Totem of Skulls – 5:33
Initial Pressing Score: 9.5/10

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Digital review copy of this release provided by Prosthetic Records.