HATE ETERNAL

(UNITED STATES)

UPON DESOLATE SANDS

(2018)
LABEL:

SEASON OF MIST

GENRE:

DEATH METAL

TAGS:
Epic, Growl, Technical
"Hate Eternal signs with "Upon Desolate Sands" a masterpiece carved in the best of death metal."
NOISE (07.01.2019)  
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In their 20-year career, the Americans of Hate Eternal have never deviated from their trajectory.  Led Erik Rutan, they remain anchored in a pure and hard death metal and line up a flawless discography. Logically we expect from this seventh album a confirmation. This new opus is called "Upon Desolate Sands" and is served like its predecessors by a splendid cover that plunges us into a gloomy and brutal atmosphere. Brutality is the appropriate term to illustrate the 39 minutes that fall on the listener and it is wonderfully mastered. In the heart of the hurricane there are lulls and a goldsmith's work can be savoured if one makes the effort to listen carefully.

At the level of pure and hard violence, there is something to delight the amateurs with a nice batch of missiles. 'The Violent Fury', 'Nothingness Of Being', 'Portal Of Myriad' and 'Dark Age Of Ruin' impress with their overwhelming monolithic death metal. There is a certain majesty and class evident. Between burning riffs, fast solos and a drum set that is both fine and impressively powerful, the musicians confirm their status as masters of the genre. Rutan's vocals impose themselves as a boss with a tone from beyond the grave of an irresistible force, straight from the underworld.

This fine and precise work is expressed in songs that bring welcome breaths, such as 'Vengeance Striketh' and 'All Hope Destroyed'. The former ends with a graceful solo, while the latter impresses with its work. The technical side of the song is a meticulous drum work, a lot of rhythm changes and a huge melodic guitar finale that illuminates the title. Finally, the final instrumental 'For Whom We Have Lost' completes the record in the best possible way. There is a dark and esoteric side with again an aerial solo with a lot of finesse.

"Upon Desolate Sands' is a remarkable record from start to finish. It shows us an Eternal Hate at the peak of his art with a remarkable striking power but also with this capacity to offer much more than mere violence.
- Official website

TRACK LISTING:
01. The Violent Fury
02. What Lies Beyond
03. Vengeance Striketh
04. Nothingness Of Being
05. All Hope Destroyed
06. Portal Of Myriad
07. Dark Age Of Ruin
08. Upon Desolate Sands
09. For Whom We Have Lost

LINEUP:
Erik Rutan: Chant / Guitares
Hannes Grossmann: Batterie
J.j Hrubovcak: Basse
   
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