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Hailing from Polands metropolis Katowice, Hetzer (German for “Agitator” and also known as a tank destroyer in WW II) are back to open the gates of hell once again. Founded in 2005, the band released 2 demos and a full length album entitled “The Rise Of Abaddon” so far. “Fall Of The Holy Cult” is Herzers next step to reclaim the crown of the Polish underground scene. Proclaiming themselves as an old school satanic Death Metal outfit, these guys from eastern Europe could be easily compared with relentless bands like Angelcorpse. Whereas the term “old school” simply doesn´t fit Hetzers style of music.
The tracks on “Fall Of The Holy Cult” are bursting of high speed blasting, precise riffing in the vein of Exmortem or the already mentioned Angelcorpse and hate-filled lyrics about Anti-Christianity, death and war. But there are also huge blackened elements in Hetzers sound, which boost the blasphemous prevailing mood up to the limit. No intros or unnecessary gimmicks - this one´s brutal to the core and will shred its way though your skull right from the beginning. This is an impressive demonstration of how non-trendy Black / Death Metal should be played and it´s furthermore an interesting snapshot of the Polish scene, which is far too often reduced to its biggest export articles Vader and Behemoth. Hetzer is the living proof - Poland is one of the leading territories when it comes to extreme Metal acts. The sound quality reminds me of real underground productions. Don´t get me wrong: this isn´t a crappy cellar recording, but an adequate quality, which is gruff, yet perfect for this kind of music. 8 Songs with a total playing time of about 32 minutes are enough to leave a lasting impact and an excellent general impression.
Overall, “Fall Of The Holy Cult” surprised me pretty much and I´m sure every true underground Death and Black Metal supporter will agree. Horns up!
Originally written for http://www.brutalism.com