Hatred Surge
Human Overdose


2.5
average

Review

by Mrs Blankenship USER (4 Reviews)
June 27th, 2013 | 17 replies | 1,428 views


Release Date: 05/30/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Hatred Grinder, or maybe Mammoth Surge.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

There was a time when powerviolence, crust, d-beat, Swedish death metal, sludge, and grind were not composites of the modern sound of much of hardcore and metal; in 2013, however, Hatred Surge would have you forget that time. Hatred Surge has been delivering punishing powerviolence/grind since 2004; their landmark release, 2009's Deconstruct, truly represented the anger residing deep in the bowels of Texas, and featured some of the most effective male/female counterpoint vocals this side of As the Roots Undo. Knowing this, you might be inclined to wonder what happened to these guys in four years.

Human Overdose is certainly a surge of hatred (a rather apt name for a band such as this); however, it's not exactly anything you haven't heard before. That being said, it frankly sounds very little like the Hatred Surge we've become accustomed to. Gone are the nasty yells and BLEHHHs, the sloppy, bass-dominated pv-riffage of the past, and the spastic stop-start song structures; in their place resides a monotonous low growl accompanied by that same buzzsaw sound that virtually every band seems to be aping these days. The only tying theme between the two LPs is the assault provided by drummer Mike Sharp, the obvious talent of the band. Otherwise, Human Overdose comes off as the slightly-crustier answer to sister band Mammoth Grinder.

Human Overdose opens with "Figurehead", an ambient intro that drones on for longer than any real song; quite honestly, this set me up for quite a bit of excitement, as albums that start off with a piece of swampy drone tend to get pretty weird. The generic sample that ends the piece sets you up for the generic music that is to follow, a cheesy "Welcome to reality, welcome to death". From this point on, you're treated to a constant barrage of one-speed crust-core meets very early Napalm Death; that is to say, these are some of the most simple and unmoving riffs being passed off as new in 2013. This fails to be helped by the bass; while somewhat audible under the murky guitars, frontman and founder Alex Hughes fails to play to the expectations he gave us meandering about on Deconstruct, instead feeling content to follow the weak guitars. Hughes also fails to deliver a notable vocal performance, where instead of the exciting call-and-response between himself and whoever his lady friend of the release is, we get a constant bark reminiscent of Black Breath, Xibalba, Trap Them, et al. This leaves Sharp to carry the weight of his entire band; and while his lack of reliance on D-beat is refreshing, a drummer cannot make pure, plagiaristic simplicity sound exciting. What we are left with is an embarrassingly average attempt at the crust/d-beat/sludge-core sound so popular today.

Perhaps the influence of the exceedingly mediocre Mammoth Grinder (founded by HS guitarist Chris Ulsh and including Alex Hughes on bass) has finally overcame Hatred Surge; perhaps this was simply a misstep on the way to bigger and better things. Whatever the case may be, nobody ever asked Hatred Surge to overhaul their sound, and Human Overdose is proof that they'd be better off sticking to the tried and true.


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MosesMalone
June 27th 2013



1824 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

So this is my first review, figured I'd do it on a band from my area (according to Metal Archives and not Sputnik, so I dunno). I haven't critically written anything since high school and listen to music far more than I actually understand the dynamics of it, so I'm not really expecting this to be considered all that great.

Owantjaaaa
June 27th 2013



2785 Comments


Great review, pos
I hope it isn't as bad as you say..

Digging: Koan Sound - Funk Blaster

MosesMalone
June 27th 2013



1824 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

If you really, really like all the other bands I compared them to, so much so that it's your favorite style of music, you'll like this. Otherwise it's pretty much a mindless workout jam.

alachlahol
June 27th 2013



7423 Comments


nice review, probably accurate

sixdegrees
June 27th 2013



15777 Comments


well this is disappointing

Digging: Tam Tam - Polarize

Owantjaaaa
June 27th 2013



2785 Comments


Nah, only andcas likes mammoth grinder

TheNexus100
June 27th 2013



2374 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

their worst release. the dip in quality from deconstruct to this is so dramatic its funny.

Digging: Freddie Gibbs and Madlib - Pinata

Kman418
June 27th 2013



8594 Comments


damn deconstruct was so gooood

Digging: Kanye West - Late Registration

Relinquished
June 27th 2013



22391 Comments


great review, totally agree with it

Eclecticist
June 28th 2013



3863 Comments


wow, it's like Mammoth Grinder? Damn.

KILL
June 28th 2013



67082 Comments


hatred surge ep so gd ugh

sonictheplumber
June 28th 2013



3884 Comments


neva heard

KILL
June 28th 2013



67082 Comments


napalm death dude

sonictheplumber
June 28th 2013



3884 Comments


who :D

randolphcunningham
June 29th 2013



1 Comments


Terrible review. Dude needs to get one of those ear candles and clear out all that wax. This is my favorite HS release yet, way better than Deconstruct. Doesn't sound like MG at all, etc.
Best of luck getting those faulty ears repaired.

eternium
June 29th 2013



16209 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Such a disappointing release.

MosesMalone
June 29th 2013



1824 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Actually I use these fancy drops that I got at Walgreens for that.



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