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Total Hate - Depopulating Planet Earth

A very well done debut effort - 100%

Akerthorpe, May 28th, 2013

Some time ago, I did a review of this cd. It was short and not really in-depth. After listening to Total Hate's new cd, I decided to go back and give this first cd the proper review that it deserves. I hope that those of you that do check out this release will enjoy it as much as I did. Starting this cd out is the track "Humanity Banished". It starts with with a fade-in and some nice riffing that lets you know about the sonic blizzard that is to come. There is a nice little piece of drumwork at the beginning that wasn't too thick or too thin but it really gives this tune something to build on. Chaos ensues for the rest of the track as the band make it clear that they are ready for war. The vocals were typical black metal vocals but original in delivery as they are strategically placed to avoid the redundancy of screaming for the sake of screaming. this track was a great way to start off this album. "Essence of Evil" starts out slower but it is still straight forward and in your face. The music here reminds me of Mayhem's "Deathcrush" and "De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas" mixed together. Aside from that, there seems to be influences from the likes of Aborym, Immortal and Old Man's Child just ot name a few. As for the vocals, they sound like a mixture of the vocals from Darkthrone's "A Blaze In the Northern Sky" and "Transylvanian Hunger" as well as vocals from the epic Enslaved track "Slaget I Skogen Bortenfor". this is an awesome track for those long winter nights ahead! Cold and evil to the utmost degree! "Decapitation (of Jesus Christ) " starts off with a small ambient type intro with some spoken vocals and then, without warning the shit hits the fan. This song is just oozing with an unadulterated, blasphemic heaviness that a lot of black metal bands lack. while the title of this track may garner some unwanted attention, the real shock is in the music and vocals. This track is put together very well. The riffs, bass, drums and vocals really compliment the lyrical content. This is definitely one of the best put together songs on this cd.

"Chapel In Flames" reminds me of some old Impaled Nazarene somewhere around the "Tol Cormpt Norz Norz Norz" era. The riffing on this track makes for a real classic in the world of underground black metal. The torturous agony of the vocals is presented in a way that lets you know that this is absolute hell. And, while the drumming may be typical of this genre, it is performed in a way that adds total originality to the track. I would say that the drummer is very proficient in his craft but even so there is still room to grow and improve. There is real talent here and you don't find it like this very often especially with this type of music. "Depopulating Planet Earth" is pure chaos from beginning to end almost to the point of insanity. This track is definitely the war cry of the album and seeing this is the title track it's easy to understand why. The band really knows how to make you feel the intensity of their hatred for the world and religion as well. The solo around the 6:10 mark is a good way to end the song and it lets you know that the hatred expressed here goes way beyond just this song."Total Hate" is the insane continuation of the intensity of the previous track. Definitely a song to play at high volumes as the winter snowfalls heavily outside. That may sound corny to some but this band is just so cold and unforgiving as can be the cold winter season. This is by far the best track on the cd. Plain and simple, this is absolute annihilation. The guitars are sharp enough to carve you to the bone and the other aspects of the music will pick and tears at your mind and leave you at a complete loss of words. This will, without a doubt, leave a lasting impression on your soul for all eternity.

"Invocation of the Fallen Angel" starts off with a really cool drum roll type thing and quickly gets down to buisiness. Over 6 minutes of rage here that will plague your mind with all that's unpure and leave you wondering what in the hell just happened.The guitar work sticks out here and it reminds me of what it would be like if you took the guitars of Entombed's "Left Hand Path" release and combine it with old Behemoth. Extremely well done and a very fine end to a near flawless cd. Total Hate really stay true to classic black metal and do not deviate from the blueprint of this genre. But, even so, they push the limits as much as they can. The delivery of these tunes is traditional in the utmost fashion and still they add their own touch of originality to create an unmistakable brutality that will withstand anything put in their way. I'll keep an eye on these guys and review them every chance I get. Contact them to get this cd. It is well worth it.