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Hatriot: Heroes of Origin
Thrash Metal
Massacre Records
February 12th, 2013
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Steve “Zetro” Souza may no longer be involed with Exodus, but fans of his signature and infamous voice can now rejoice once more with the birth of Thrash Metal group, Hatriot. The five piece is a family affair, consisting of Steve’s two sons, bassist Cody Souza and drummer Nick Souza, as well as Kosta “V” on guitars, and Miguel Esparza as a second guitarist. After extensive touring with any Thrash and Bay-area legends, the group was picked up by Massacre Records to issue their debut full-length album, Heroes of Origin. But, does this recording offer nothing more than a rehash of Exodus material, or is it at least done well with some unique elements thrown in?

Heroes of Origin holds a modern Thrash sound to it that works for th hostile take on today’s society that the lyrics present. The bass has a nice twang to it that compliments the sharp, tight guitar distortion surprisingly well. The drums come through with a pretty stern presence due to the deeper tight snares that pound through. The cymbals are buried slightly in the mix, but not to the point that you can’t hear them, especially when they and the metallic clicks of the bass kicks end up driving some of the faster passages. Of course, the vocals are the nasal harsher approach, but pack plenty of enthusiasm. For fans of somewhat recentExodus it’s a welcome familiar voice, though not alwzys working with the music. Thankfully, this is only during the thinner, tighter performances, which are pretty limited.

“Suicide Run” has a very harsh and intense approach musically to every aspect but the chorus. That section uses the drums to push a commanding attitude that works well with the lyrical content, really building the tension for when the verses kick back up. Sadly, they don’t quite explode in a manner that will make you want to destroy everything nnd everyone nearby, but there’s still plenty of moments that will fuel that urge throughout this and other songs. “Blood Stained Wings” is a slower track with some catchy guitar work against simpler bass kicks that really drive the rhythm along. The vocals are as harsh as ever, especially after the guitar soloThe music starts picking up in aggression afterwards, kicking off the conclusion with a bit of a breakdown, and some gang chants that sound fantastic with it and the flow the ending has.

“The Violent Times of My Dark Passanger” is a bit of a different beast. The song sticks to that mid-tempo pace, and there’s a strong blunt edge to the music that really hits the listener hard. This is one of the few that finds some harmonizaion in the vocals, mostly during the melodic chorus. This doesn’t revoke any of the bite of aggression the rest of the song has, but instead is a nice unique addition that isn’t abused for the sake of hooking the listener more times than necessary. “Shadows of the Buried” starts off slower and quite ominous, though it does eventually go into a quicker assault similar to what you’ve heard before, but a distinct darker, even insane tone to it that really sticks out, and makes it one of the more memorable cuts off the recording.

Between violent assaults and catchy eighties Thrash Metal, you’ll be banging your head along to Heroes of Origin in varying degrees. While it’s true this effort isn’t anything too new, there’s still a good amount of unique elements at play that will have you coming back for more. Hatriot come out strong with Heroes of Origin, and if you’re a fan of the more aggression modern style one might find in the obvious influence to the group’s foundation, then you’ll easily find a new album to keep lodged on repeat in your player, as well as a new group to keep a close eye on afte they destroy all hope you have for today’s society, and leave you begging for more audible punishment after just one spin.

01. Suicide Run – 3:54
02. Weapons of Mass Destruction – 4:46
03. Murder American Style – 3:58
04. Blood Stained Wings – 4:37
05. The Violent Times of My Dark Passenger – 4:39
06. Globacidal – 3:58
07. A Your Children to be Damned – 4:07
08. Mechanics of Annihilation – 4:11
09. Shadows of the Buried – 6:20
10. Heroes of Origin – 3:12
Overall Score: 8.5/10

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Digital review copy of this release provided by Massacre Records.