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On disc: HateSphere

Something Old... - Peter Haber - 6 stars
To The Nines - Claudia Ehrhardt - 8 stars

To The Nines

To The Nines
(Napalm Records - 2009)

New label, new singer, new album - that it in a nutshell. But can HateSphere deliver another strong thrash'n'death album? They can! Musically the Danish stick to their thrash roots and offer fast drumming, heavy riffs and cool lead parts, but singer Jonathan Albrechtsen adds the death metal edge to the HateSphere sound! His deep growls add aggressiveness to the thrash attacks. They open up with the title track, a straight forward track with speed variations. But with Backstabber they speed up and present a mean neckbreaker! The guitars aren't just deliver the heavy riffs, they also add some melodies. Its the contrast which makes the songs interesting - breaks, speed changes and melodic guitar leads. With Clarity they change a bit and over a heavy groove monster - and they show that they do good when easing off a bit. Albrechtsen's vocals are mean and then they speed up for a moment - and later present a doomy part. Cool tune! After the fast thrasher Even If It Kills Me they head into Commencing A Campaign in an epical way. A fast thrasher is In The Trenches which only gets a death metal edge due to the growls, musically it's closer to the Bay Area stuff. Great guitar play! The closer is called Oceans Of Blood and is a mean neck breaker! Fast and angry! Live this one is calling for a mosh pit!
The Danish have to show that they can keep their own standards live now. And it will be interesting how they do live now... But I guess they will steamroll everything!

8 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt


Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed & Something Black

Something Old, Something New,
Something Borrowed & Something Black
(Scarlet Records - 2003)

The Danish released this 7-track mini-album with a new song called Release The Pain, some old songs (= live recorded in spring 2003) and some borrowed ones (= cover versions). With their thrash'n'death they play a musical variety which is getting more popular these days. On the other hand an EP is not really value for money. If the new track indicates the class of the coming release, then you should wait for the coming album! For fans of the band this is interesting, coz live the 4 songs presented slightly different. Perhaps more brutal... Definitely these versions are more rough, even if the sound isn't that good. Details drown in the live sound. Interesting are also the cover versions. Anthrax' Caught In A Mosh is perfect for the Danish! Powerful and straight in your face. The cover of Ozzy Osbourne's Bark At The Moon is interesting, but very different from the original!
Check it out and make up your mind, if you need this EP or if you want to wait for the next album.

6 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt


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