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I just realized: I don't really hate this one - 90%

slayrrr666, August 23rd, 2016
Written based on this version: 2016, CD, F.D.A. Records

One of the genre’s founding figures, Czech Republic-based death/thrashers Master has literally been at the forefront of the style from the very beginning being one of the first bands to ever adopt to the style back in the genre’s infancy. Now, nearly thirty years on from their start and reaching album number twelve, the titans offer forth this crushing release January 29, 2016 on F.D.A. Rekotz.

Much like the majority of their work in the past, this here is a rather blistering and mostly primitive brand of death-infused thrash metal that charges along at a pretty generous pace here. The main basis for the swarming, mid-tempo attack here is given the main charge throughout here which keeps the tracks steady, simplistic and really straightforward as the rhythms buzz along through the tight patterns featured here as the bands’ thrashing energies are what really tend to drive this one forward rather than the riff-work. Since the tracks are generally given a much more explosive pacing that brings out the album’s rather simplistic nature quite well here as the album seems to pick one simplistic pace and then just holds it for the majority of the time here which makes the tracks bounce along when they’re given an up-tempo rhythm to play with yet when it comes to the more sluggish and plodding tempos it doesn’t really generate the same sense of energy with it never really deviating much in it’s patterns and arrangements. There’s some great work to be had when it really lets itself go since those tend to dominate the album, yet the rare occasions where it does drop these slightly is what causes this one to lose it’s steam as the disjointed pacing and tempos is slightly jarring overall here. Thankfully, it’s rare enough to not be that detrimental against the enjoyable remainder of the album as their craftsmanship and consistency allows them to do this better than most other acts in the genre by featuring enough to make it noticeably yet going for the jugular enough times to really make that impact.

As this is clearly a competent and highly professional act that knows what they’re doing, this is nicely displayed here with an album that has a lot to like about it and only a few real downer spots that leaves this a wholehearted recommendation not only for fans of the band as well as those who enjoy this ravenous style of old-school death/thrash metal.

Nothing Life Changing, But Exactly What We Want - 88%

RaidenVader, April 14th, 2016
Written based on this version: 2016, CD, F.D.A. Records

Master, a.k.a. the Motorhead of death metal, gave us another viscous death metal offering in 2016. They have mastered (sorry...) what it means to produce high octane, ear drum bursting, unrelenting death metal. With a discography one can't count on two hands, they have rarely skipped a beat in producing the fast paced brutality we all so love and enjoy, and Epiphany of Hate is no exception.

This is not the kind of album you can listen to listen to while reading a nice book and drinking some warm tea. Between the pounding drums, merciless riffing, and, of course, Speckmann's wonderfully hideous vocals, Epiphany of Hate does nothing short of furiously, sodomizing your mind. Start to finish, this album consistently splits your spine and breaks your neck with the mightiness of Master's perfect idea of what old school death metal means. To elaborate: "Epiphany of Hate" will, figuratively and literally, rip your face off, sew it back on, and rip it off again. The ten tracks on the album almost blur together in the speed that they are thrown at the listener, and after a near 45 minute state of pure blasphemous bliss, I found it hard to snap back to the calmness of reality.

Like many of Master's previous releases, there are no track that come to mind as standing out from the rest, and in the same sense there are no tracks that fall behind. Speckmann knows his audience well, and no Master fan is expecting progression or senseless technicality. "Epiphany of Hate" delivers the reliable Master death/thrash sound that we all expected, and this is exactly why Master remains such a loved group to this day. In this sense, there are certainly no surprises within this album, but that is no reason to skip it over. The album serves as a perfect soundtrack for any workout, day stuck at the office fantasizing about murdering your boss, or even anti-religious arson adventures.