Friday, March 7, 2014

Brood of Hatred "Skinless Agony"





 Some things just fit together.  Fish and Chips.  Pizza and Cheese.  Death metal and brutality go together like wine and cheese.  However Death metal and a moody atmosphere are as much of an ill-fitting couple as chalk and cheese.  Post-metal and mean and moody is much easier to buy in.

Tunisian band walk the line between death metal, post-metal and post-rock.  The most obvious comparison that the band are likely to get is to recent Ulcerate.  The death metal is often present with growls and blastbeats but the band are digging up ground that isn't familiar territory for a lot of metal heads.  If the vocals were done away with Brood of Hatred would be considered a post-metal band.  At times, Sonic Youth come to mind more than any metal bands as the instruments are more important than vocals and when a human sound comes into play it's more to enhance the mood although it is characteristically death metal.  The samples used in the quietly "The Singularity is Near"  and "Obsession and are well chosen as they compliment the music with academic musings on death and religion.  "Predestined Suicide" has more layers than an onion.  Strip away one part, and there's more on the inside.  It's near impossible to listen to a single instrument on its own without your attention being grabbed by the band's turn of directions.

The initial track "Deconstruction" starts off quietly and haunting before becoming a brutal assault that later walks the not well-trodden path between brutality and atmospheric.  This band knows how to gets a listeners attention right away and a listener needs to be hit straight away.

On the band Facebook page and bandcamp Brood of Hatred describe their music as some haunting atmospheres guiding you through progressive journeys and some unconventional writing inspired by a strange state of mind.  The band are on the money as that description nails the sounds contained on this album.  It's also assuring that what was once a one-man band has been fleshed out into a full band.

4.5/5



Brood of Hatred on Facebook



Brood of Hatred on bandcamp




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