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Hate: Erebos
Black Metal, Death Metal
Listenable Records
February 22nd, 2011
Release length: 46:26
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As far as the Death Metal and Black Metal scenes go, Hate has always been one of those bands people will think of, though not really one of the first ones off the top of the head. Originally established back in 1990 as a Death Metal act, this Polish Metal group eventually expanded into a Black/Death Metal style, which many would claim was to emulate Behemoth, one of the countries most notable acts both in Metal, as well as of the Death/Black Metal style. Of course, while there are some similarities, there’s no denying that Erebos, the seventh full-length offering from Hate, is a solid, brutal work of Metal.

Outside the obvious similarities between the two bands, Erebos comes off as a rather brutal release. The music found here can often only be described as brutal and crushing, even right from the start. While the introductory track “Genesis” really doesn’t offer much to set up the music, though gives a slight taste of the atmosphere to come, “Lux Aeterna” is just a non stop impact from the band of heavy Death Metal with enough traces of Black Metal to offer a slight unique edge over their competition, and having a little more melody to the mix then one might expect, though it’s only administered in small doses at crucial areas such as specific bridges to give it a hint of additional atmosphere. For the most part, when the music takes off, the double bass kicks are like rounds from a machine gun, adding well executed fury to the faster moments of guitar work, while there is enough variety in the performances of all instruments during the moments that aren’t meant to specifically try to crush your skull in with their aural assault.

Not all the tracks on this release really focus on creating such a brutalizing impact though. There are plenty of other songs that really offer some catchy material that is still heavy enough to stay within the general foundation laid out by “Lux Aeterna” and “Erebos”, such as the following “Quintessence of Higher Suffering” which seem to go at more of a chugging pace and are built up with a slightly more of a slower paced desolate feel, but have a little more technical work in the guitars then anything else. Of course, you also have “Trinity Moons”, which takes the music off into a different direction by focusing more on just creating an overall crushing intensity to the song, with the only speed really coming fromt he double bass kicks at times, while the guitars weave a more Black Metal composition at times at a much slower pace with enough chords working to create a stylish-sounding cold and grim sound. This effect carries over into the next track, “Transsubstance”, though it seems to go for a more epic mournful sound then one that is cold and grim, though traces of the latter two can still be found here and there on the recording.

For having a sound that isn’t too original at this point in the game, Hate come out swinging with material that’s as sharp as razors. There isn’t a single moment on this release that becomes boring or drawn out, and the only downfall to the release really stems from the introduction track “Genesis” leaving a little more to be desired from a track that so clearly is meant to set the atmosphere of the album. Each track on here hammers away at the listener, and the music itself is heavy, crushing, and often comes in with a brutal atmosphere to complete destroy everything in it’s path. Erebos is easily one of the more impressive Black and Death Metal efforts to come out in the recent years around the time of it’s release, and it not only deserves to be on the top of your acquisiton list immediately, but it also demands it.

01. Genesis – 1:47
02. Lux Aetena – 4:53
03. Erebos – 4:57
04. Quintessence of Higher Suffering – 4:45
05. Trinity Moons – 5:57
06. Hero Cults – 5:00
07. Transsubstance – 4:40
08. Hexagony – 5:25
09. Wrists – 5:05
10. Luminous Horizon – 5:57
Initial Pressing Score: 9/10

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Digital review copy of this release provided by Listenable Records via Clawhammer PR.