Album Review By Custer Elver
After two years of silence, since Crusade:Zero was released, the polish extreme metal legends, Hate, are back with another masterpiece, released by Napalm Records. I love their previous album, and I can say after a couple of runs on my player, that “Tremendum” will not let their fans down.
Many points in common can be found with the leaders of extreme metal in Poland, Behemoth. Spe-cifically, in the modern approach to the metal sounds and in the guitar riffing so sharpening and dark at the same time. But, I can assure you without a doubt, that Hate have got their own identity and those who define them as clones of Nergal’s band, don’t know these guys and their music very well.
The first strong point which is clear listening to “Tremendum” is the high-quality production, which helps to make the album sound more aggressive, more in-your-face, and boosting the martial and lavish overall atmosphere of the full work. Starting from the first notes of “Asuric Being”, you shall be warped around a blaze of darkness and savagery. Obscure arpeggios and tempo changes seldom give the listener some breaks, dragging him inside the most insane abyss of Evil.
The chapter number 5, “Fidelis Ad Mortem” is one of the greatest black metal anthems I’ve ever heard: obscure poetry blending with rage and wrath. “Turning the temples into graves/ Surrendered to the Hunger of Great Void”, Adam Buszko screams out, explaining in few words the whole philos-ophy which sustains the band’s foundations.
The Hypnotic riff opening the last chapter “Walk Through Fire” leads the listener through fields made of apocalyptic landscapes and mystic visions: “A prophet of extinction igniting the fires/swearing alle-giance to one burning will/making a road for the spirit”. This is not a song, this is a Manifesto, a statement of sorts, and Adam wears dark bishop’s robes, announcing the world is being torn apart in a myriad of blades shaped by their own music.
I just mentioned the tracks, which, above all, got my attention, but I can assure you that “Tremen-dum” has no weak points. A flawless production, perfectly performed by great musicians, able to create an album fully inspired and rich in references to philosophy and obscure poetry.
We’re still in May, but I can say that “Tremendum” is certainly a candidate to become “Album of the year” in my personal ranking.
Fidelis Ad Mortem
Into Burning Gehenna
Sea Of Rubble
Walk Through Fire
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