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HateSphere - s/t (9/10) - Denmark - 2000

Genre: Death Metal
Label: Scarlet Records
Playing time: 40:59
Band homepage: HateSphere

Tracklist:

  1. Hate
  2. Picture This
  3. Addicted Soul
  4. Bloodsoil
  5. Down For Good
  6. No Sense
  7. Preacher
  8. Dead
  9. Ill Will
HateSphere - s/t
We all know the feeling. You get this craving, deep within your bowels. You simply need your daily dose of Metal. You need it so badly that your ears are ringing and it hurts but you don't want to get filled up like you do with fast food, you want to dine on some really hard and satisfying stuff. Well I've got just the proper meal for your Metallic appetite. HATESPHERE!

With just about every ingredient for the perfect melodic recipe, HATESPHERE is a rich blend of devastatingly energetic lead guitars with striving drums. Bredahl's [singer] voice is strikingly powerful and it's almost as if he could only emit his hiss-like screams out of pure pain. As if he was torturing himself crying out the lyrics. Don't worry though, the result is an succulent nectar that you will learn to appreciate.

Unfortunately, there had to be a downside to this vehement band, it's originality. I won't reopen healed wounds, but we all know the crisis that threatens the Melodic Death world: the cloning of sounds. HATESPHERE has its moments and the album itself is excellent, but you can't help but feel like you're listening to some crossover between all of the leading figures in this popular sub-genre. This can be tolerated, but even worse, some riffs are awfully familiar if not similar to the ones used by bands like ARCH ENEMY, SOILWORK, THE HAUNTED, IN FLAMES, etc. Just as an example, the ending riff of "Down For Good" really reminds me of the opening riff of "Episode 666" by IN FLAMES.

There you have it, two sides of a sublime record. The self-titled won't disappoint you and unless you need something 100% original, you will be quite satisfied by this piece of work.

*FART*[Refer to "Ill Will" for details.]

Mathieu Bibeau



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