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The return of French death bands ? - 95%

zebigned, May 27th, 2010

Since Massacra and their excellent "Sign of the decline" released on 1992, French death metal is not in his top shape. Indeed, French death metal bands are not well appreciated in France and they often have to leave this country to be recognized.

Thanks to devotees of this genre like Brutal Rebirth members, it is possible to ear a good French death metal album. “Hate Over All” is a great surprise for all the old school death metal fan who are used to listen bands from US, UK, Sweden or Finland.

The first song begins with a very nice drums introduction followed by the bass guitar and set the tone of the rest of the album: a dark and deep sound served under a heavy drumming and a very low guttural voice.

During the fourteen minutes of Hate Over All, the band likes to play high speed riffs, such as in Philosophy of Vengeance, an to move into a slow speed session. The drums are very efficient and well played, the guitars sound primal and aggressive, the bass guitar is very present and the voice adds some darkness to the atmosphere.

Despite a lack of guitar solos, Hate Over All is a great album which brings some brutality for old school death metal fans who like to go back to the 90’s bands.

Tasteful old school simplicity - 65%

autothrall, November 5th, 2009

It's becoming increasingly common to hear bands pushing an older school, simplistic style of death metal which recalls the 90s scene ranging from Bolt Thrower to Deicide, Autopsy to Incantation. French trio Brutal Rebirth fit into this category, and while I can't give them the utmost praise of a band like Hail of Bullets, this is a tasteful enough debut.

"Red Inside" opens with a pure, desolate death metal groove, but it's a fairly average opening track which is soon surpassed. "Philosophy of Vengeance" has some great, familiar riffing, pure old school death metal, and then a pretty sick breakdown. "Cleaning Time" is a slow, simple groove. "Hate Over All" and "Axe of Carnage" are two of the other tracks I thought were among the best material here, but in general there is a consistent quality with a few less interesting songs.

The mix is quite crisp, the instruments are all distinct and it fits well with their punchy form of slower mosh pit brutality. There is little original about the material, and few of the songs are exciting, but occasionally they bust out this raging old school death metal riff which truly takes you back. The lead work is simple, noisy and effective. Can't give this high recommendations, as there are bands doing this throwback death metal style a little better. However, there is nothing actually 'bad' about this at all.