Hate
Solarflesh


4.0
excellent

Review

by DropdeadWHA USER (34 Reviews)
January 30th, 2013 | 21 replies | 5,804 views


Release Date: 02/05/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Slaves shall serve, slaves shall F*CKING SER...wait what?

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

Hate is a powerful feeling, a feeling of great disdain for someone, something or everything. We as humans may experience hate throughout our lives but only a few of us will let it consume our very being. Many years ago, Poland gave birth to a band which encompasses this feeling, they embody its definition; their name is Hate. Hate is a Blackened Death metal band that are relentless in their musical approach, spewing pure hatred towards everything and everyone; their very loathing is represented in their chaotic, bleak music. Solarflesh, is their latest offering and it quite simply re-affirms that they're the musical embodiment of the word they represent. Throughout their career they’ve been compared to Behemoth (a more well-known Blackened Death metal juggernaut from Poland). Whether the comparisons were stylistically (image) or musically: To the most intricate of details such as time signatures/rhythms; even the vocals. A copycat is all they’ve been known as, some could say tarnished with. However, with Solarflesh, Hate prove that they have their own agenda and their identity flourishes on this colossal journey.

Solarflesh is hate in its purest musical form, gloomy, desolate riffing accompanied by eerie melodies with malevolent vocals spitting melancholy left, right and centre. Solarflesh is a multi-layered creation, whether it's the combination of the instruments, the sampling scattered throughout or the moments of sheer doom. Each song carries its weight amongst the sea of misery, thanks to catchy choruses and venomous chants that litter the lyrical content; hearing ‘SUICIDE, SUICIDE’ being howled has never sounded so good. Vocally, ATF Sinner stays within his standard range, a guttural, harsh growl which compliments the music well. There isn’t any need for blistering highs or an over-abundance of effects such as layering (which works for some bands) to enhance the power or feeling of his voice. During some songs, Sinner drags his vocal chords through hell and high water, in long drawn out passages, gurgling upon words. This is undoubtedly his best vocal performance; it articulates the feeling of Solarflesh extremely well. Instrumentally, it’s a chaotic, dark, ‘anthemic’ ride. The guitar tone is thick and at times, sluggish, delivering whirring riffs and drone-stylised rhythms. There are splashes of groove and strong classic riffing, which provides the backbone for their music. They never really abandon their genre's formula but their sound never feels restricted, they're willing to take risks. What the band demonstrates is that they can be technical or simplistic without being stale, nor being confined to how it ‘should’ sound. The drumming is also a high point, firing on all cylinders. From blast-beats to marching to war rhythms; there is never any over-hyperactivity for the sake of it. Drum-wise, this album is concise and to the point. Moreover there is some great timing and cymbal work displayed on the longer tracks. Sampling is sporadically placed in Solarflesh, from eerie female vocals, choir chanting to static ambiance, which builds upon the atmosphere.

On the other-hand, Solarflesh isn’t without flaws; near the end of the album the songs become slightly similar and at times the longer tracks can be overly-convoluted. Also, this album is a bleak listen, make no mistake about that. It’s an album where you have to be in the mood or frame of mind to really benefit from what it offers. Furthermore, some may see this as ‘paint-by-numbers’ Blackened Death, which is true to a degree as Hate don’t reinvent the wheel at any moment on this record, but they do what they do well and that’s all a listener could ask for.

Solarflesh shows that Hate is more than a ‘supposed’ Behemoth clone, it solidifies them as a worthy addition to the Death metal community; they’re a force to be reckoned with. Hate unleashes pure emotion and passion on their eighth album, which is bursting at the seams with hatred and toxicity. Solarflesh sits upon a throne of skulls and bones, coated in rotting flesh, a spectacle to all those who ever doubted Hate’s identity and ability as musicians.



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DropdeadWHA
January 30th 2013



545 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The album is out today in Europe, it's a very strong, well-rounded listen.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
January 30th 2013



5611 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Is this anything like Morphosis?

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DropdeadWHA
January 30th 2013



545 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Quality-wise, yes (depending on your opinion of Morphosis) but Solarflesh is more about the atmosphere, imo.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
January 30th 2013



5611 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Morphosis was awesome, while Erevos was a low flight.

Thanks for the heads up.



Edit: I will listen to this when I get a chance.

DropdeadWHA
January 30th 2013



545 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

No problem. It comes across like they knew Erebos wasn't up to par and that they've gone into making this with that in mind. Hope you dig it.

MO
January 30th 2013



17353 Comments


solid band

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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
January 30th 2013



5611 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Full album - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_p-qqHqSEU

Hawks
January 30th 2013



33363 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This sounds like something I'd love.

bloc
January 30th 2013



34489 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Sounded pretty sick on Youtube. I love the way the vocals and guitars sound.

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Imperial
January 30th 2013



1681 Comments


I can't hate blast beats I don't know why.

Nocturnal
January 31st 2013



1151 Comments


Sweet. I mean they're names fucking Hate and they play death metal. Teh good kind

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themyriad
February 1st 2013



69 Comments


Sounding like Behemoth is only a good thing. Will definitely listen.

Raz0rGrind23
February 14th 2013



419 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Listened to the first few tracks and absolutely loved what I heard! Great review too. Pos

FR33L0RD
February 14th 2013



1458 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Nothing new under the sun but very good nonetheless.
Very energetic music to train on.
One of my fav. DM band.
Their is some Enslaved style music structure in Mesmerized
and this is very well integrated in this album. love it.


Voivod
Staff Reviewer
February 20th 2013



5611 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Thinking of bumping this to a 4/5, as it turned out to be of high replay value.

FearThyEvil9
March 9th 2013



11330 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The title track is fucking awesome but sadly the rest of the album isn't as good. Still pretty great album though.

Hawks
March 9th 2013



33363 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Holy hell this is awesome. Don't know why I've never listened to these guys before.

DropdeadWHA
March 13th 2013



545 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thank you!

FR33L0RD
March 29th 2013



1458 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Very good band, indeed.

demigod!
April 6th 2013



40970 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Well, shit. Hate's bassist was found dead.



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