It’s not far from the truth claiming most European countries have a strong Metal scene. The French scene is blossoming, the Ukraine’s are making excellent music, the Germans have started to make something besides, sometimes excellent, Thrash Metal, all in all the Metal seems rock solid to me. The Danish scene has always had good bands, but not in the same quantity as their Nordic fellows. The Danes can console themselves with the fact that they have some of the best producers the Metal scene has to offer. They even have excellent bands like PANZERCHRIST, ILLDISPOSED and INIQUITY, all prime examples of Death Metal, Danish Death Metal. Labelling HATESPHERE as Death Metal would be missing the point, but that they carry some Death Metal influences is for sure. If you are familiar with DARKANE you should know roughly which kind of Thrash HATESPHERE perform.
I’ve already mentioned the talents of Danish producers and here we have two of the best working together along on a record. Jacob Hansen and Tue Madsen are names I’ve mentioned before and it’s those two who had the main responsibility for the excellent sound quality. I guess the sound quality is of such quality that it may sound polished to some. Some may also dislike the vocals which carry a hint of Hard Core; Peter Dolving in THE HAUNTED will stand as a tolerable reference point. The music itself isn’t miles away either, though I prefer “The Sickness Within” over most of that which THE HAUNTED has released. THE HAUNTED isn’t a bad band so that means that I like what HATESPHERE are doing.
When it comes to Thrash Metal it’s the kind which HATESPHERE perform that is closest to my heart these days. When HATESPHERE are riffing at their most intense I get the same good feeling that SOILWORK’s “The Chainheart Machine” gives me, an excellent display of Modern Thrash Metal that is. HATESPHERE has also placed some effects deep down in the mix, most noticeable when you are listening to it through head phones. My experience is that “The Sickness Within” was a tad better when I used that kind of device; it helped flesh out the details. Played high on a reasonable stereo rack this music is as felt as heard, powerful yet clear. The only weak aspect of “The Sickness Within” is that the songs can tend to sound a bit like each other; they follow the same recipe all the way. Fortunately the recipe is very good, so no reason to scream flawed!
Playing this kind of Thrash Metal means that you have to be a competent musician, just take a listen to DARKANE. I’m no expert on who’s the best guitarist, drummer or whatever. Frankly I don’t give a fuck as long as they don’t make good music, but I smart enough to hear that the members of HATESPHERE have talent enough for a couple of bands and I do give a fuck because they make very good music. I have no favourite songs on “The Sickness Within”; it’s an unusually steady album. An album recommended for fans of THE HAUNTED, old SOILWORK, CARNAL FORGE, TERROR 2000 and DARKANE. Visit their homepage for a rather comprehensive assortment of mp3’s to download. I didn’t find any links to any of the songs on “The Sickness Within”, but those available are good ones as well. (Online January 17, 2006)