Hate
Auric Gates of Veles


4.0
excellent

Review

by TheNotrap USER (43 Reviews)
June 21st, 2019 | 19 replies


Release Date: 06/14/2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Ending the decade on a high note

The Polish metal scene has been launching over the last thirty years several bands that have achieved remarkable notoriety, being Vader, Decapitated and especially Behemoth the most successful products of this extreme metal factory. Like other well-known Polish acts, Hate belongs to a second line of bands that, despite not having the notoriety of the three bands I mentioned earlier, have managed to build a respectable career over the years.

With a Behemoth-esque blackened death metal signature, Hate is one of those bands condemned to live in the shadow of something bigger, and given the close proximity of the band's sound with Nergal & Co, this omnipresent shadow was indeed inevitable and unescapable. This resemblance should be seen as a style closeness and not as something necessarily negative or censurable.

The single "Sovereign Sanctity" had already lifted the veil over the direction Auric Gates of Veles would take. The mid-paced song revealed a greater focus on black metal aesthetics, building a contagious ambience that engulfs us for more than 6 minutes, culminating in an epic crescendo finale, which is also the most exciting moment of Auric Gates of Veles. This more blackened approach is confirmed as we start listening to the album, which kicks off tremendously well with three of the album's strongest songs, of which I highlight "The Volga's Veins", whose straightfoward ferocity sometimes resembles Belphegor. By this time, I had already realized Auric Gates of Veles was significantly better than its predecessor, all songs added something to the whole, and I hadn't yet encountered any monotonous or stagnant moments, sometimes present in the band's more polished and cerebral approach. The second half doesn't disappoint, being equally interesting and aesthetically consistent with previous songs, which demonstrates Auric Gates of Veles is not a product of chance or the result of a couple of rehearsals, everything was thought out in detail, to produce a certain effect, under a common concept. "Salve Ignis" features an unexpected Funeral Mist-esque riff, that immediately caught my ear, and "Generation Sulphur" is the strong ender the album deserved, being also one of the highlights.

But despite its fairly consistency, the album lacks the element of surprise and greater contrasts within and between songs, that could take Auric Gates of Veles to another level.

With Auric Gates of Veles, Hate ends the decade on a high note, and even if it's not enough to achieve the notoriety or success of their omnipresent countrymates, it will surely be remembered as one of the band's most interesting albums to date.



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TheNotrap
June 21st 2019


13182 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album rules.



You guys can stream the album here:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=jKHCsOaKlRE

Digging: Marrasmieli - Between Land And Sky

Hawks
June 21st 2019


73729 Comments


Gotta hear this. m/

TheNotrap
June 21st 2019


13182 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Super solid bro, check the single and The Volga's Veins, I think you'll dig it.

Pikazilla
June 21st 2019


7704 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Will I like this if I hate Demigod and Apostasy?

Hawks
June 21st 2019


73729 Comments


How the fuck do you hate Demigod???

Pikazilla
June 21st 2019


7704 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Cause it's boring?

TheNotrap
June 21st 2019


13182 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

He’s joking, obviously

Hawks
June 21st 2019


73729 Comments


Pika you on meth bro???

Pikazilla
June 21st 2019


7704 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I am not. I have Demigod at 1.5... I think? Or 2.

Hawks
June 21st 2019


73729 Comments


You’re fucking up.

TheNotrap
June 21st 2019


13182 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Do you like post 80s Metal Pik?

Pikazilla
June 21st 2019


7704 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yes, Demigod and Apostasy at 1.5, Evangelion at 2, Satanist at 4.5 and the newest one at 4. There we go.

Hawks
June 21st 2019


73729 Comments


Demigod is literally a top 10 dm album ever for me.

Pikazilla
June 21st 2019


7704 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Do you like post 80s Metal Pik?



Most of my metal is post 80s. Post 90s even.

TheNotrap
June 21st 2019


13182 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Well, check the single and see if you dig it...it’s closer to Behemoth’s post Evangelion

zaruyache
June 21st 2019


21936 Comments


i don't adore demigod either. other albums p better and only reason ppl like Slaves Shall Serve is bc of the sweet drum fill at the beginning.

Hawks
June 21st 2019


73729 Comments


I like Slaves Shall Serve because of how damn relentless it is. Same could be said about the whole album tbh.

I may be biased though, Demigod helped me get into extreme metal and I’ve loved it ever since.

TheNotrap
June 21st 2019


13182 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hawks knows

Rowhaus
June 21st 2019


2882 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

So glad this got a review. Hate seems to get overlooked quite a bit. I'd love to see a Poland Big 4 tour with Behemoth, Vader, Decapitated and Hate.

Digging: Midnight Oil - 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1



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