Thursday, August 16, 2007

Hatesphere Review...



So, since I wasn't paying attention, I wrote this review for L4M without realizing that a review had already been posted. At any rate, here's the review of the excellent new album from Hatesphere...

Hatesphere- Serpent Smiles And Killer Eyes

(SPV)

Hatesphere is one of those bands playing on the border between death and thrash metal that simply release one solid album after another, yet aren’t quite able to break into the forefront of metal’s collective consciousness. That could all change with the release of the band’s fifth full-length, all since 2001, called “Serpent Smiles And Killer Eyes” on German giant SPV.

Hatesphere is obviously a hard-working band and it shows on “Serpent Smiles and Killer Eyes”. The band has honed their sound to a razor sharp, spot on, example of Bay Area inspired thrash with just a hint of death metal that brings forth fond memories of Testament’s latter output, namely “Demonic” and “The Gathering”. Compared to previous full-lengths, “Serpent Smiles And Killer Eyes” generally takes the frenetic speed down a notch, adds huge amounts of groove and meat-and-potatoes filled riffs, backs it all up with a bottom heavy, powerful production, and adds some variations in the vocal delivery of Jacob Predahl to present a near perfect example of the genre. Huge amounts of crunch typify the guitars with plenty of fast riffing cut with grooves galore. A fast gallop typical of latter era thrash metal is interspersed with the slower moments. In addition, just the right amounts of melody are added with some impressive guitar work, and a few moments of clean vocals make an appearance amongst the shouts of Predahl. Predahl also manages a few moments of death metal growls similar to that of Chuck Billy on “Demonic”.

Unlike Carnal Forge, Hatesphere avoids the pitfalls of a slight change in sound by strictly avoiding any hints of the well worn path of melodic death metal. Instead, Hatesphere’s focus is taking their choice of genre and essentially perfecting their sound within that genre. That may not be entirely an original approach, but it pays off in this case with a focused, precise album in “Serpent Smiles And Killer Eyes”. Highly recommended.

Now, what about that U.S. tour?

SPV

Hatesphere

Song removed after a few weeks. Sorry.

Some other items, for some reason, I'm seeing more and more Cthulhu political references...



Striking a Nixon pose...



He's got my vote!

Also, if you happen to notice non-metal references on my album quilt or song list on the sidebar, this is due to my wife taking over the computer...

2 comments:

DPTH International said...

I seen their albums around, but never checked them out. Sounds like good stuff. Nice review.

dschalek said...

Thanks, DPTH. Yeah, I'd recommend Hatesphere for those that enjoy old Carnal Forge, The Haunted's early stuff, and latter day Testament. Great album.