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Hate: Erebos

Hate began carving out their global mark with their first official record for Mercenary Musik, the sonic crusher known as Cain's Way. To this date, Cain's Way remains one of the strongest Death Metal albums I've ever heard in my life. The band signed to Listenable Records after the piss-poor job done for them by Mercenary Musik, and next unleashed Awakening of The Liar. Although not as potent as its predecessor, Awakening of The Liar was still a formidable piece of Death Metal and stayed in my stereo for a long time.

Since then, I've heard bits of pieces of Hate's recent output but never actually sat down with it to see how the band had progressed. When Pardo assigned me Erebos to review, I got a bit nostalgic and somewhat excited. However, all of that faded away when I looked at a promo photo of the band now, proceeded to listen to Erebos and realized that the once mighty Hate had somehow transformed into Behemoth Jr. over the years!

Mind you, I love Behemoth and I'm proud of those dudes for their accomplishments. I guess I shouldn't be surprised that bands from their own country would want to borrow from them a bit, but not when those bands are already established and had already released a plethora of work that stood just fine on its own merits. Imitation may be a sincere form of flattery, but in this case, it's pretty sad.

I'm not taking anything away from the musicianship Hate displays on Erebos, because these guys are still at the top of their field in that department. On the songs "Wrists" and "Lux Aeterna" drummer, Hexen, lays down some of the finest drum work I've heard in a minute. The patterns are interesting, volatile, and not typical by any means. However, that's the only thing that shines on Erebos.

Do you like Behemoth? If so, you'll enjoy Hate's latest offering as well. As for me, I'll be with the rest of my jaded ilk listening to Cain's Way and reminiscing of better days in Polish Death Metal.

Track Listing
01. Genesis
02. Lux Aeterna
03. Erebos
04. Quintessence Of Higher Suffering
05. Trinity Moons
06. Hero Cults
07. Transsubstance
08. Hexagony
09. Wrists
10. Luminous Horizon

Added: October 15th 2011
Reviewer: Josh Thorne
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Hate: Erebos
Posted by Jeff B, SoT Staff Writer on 2011-10-15 16:13:09
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One of Poland's more famous death metal exports is Hate, a Warsaw-based band formed back in 1990. Erebos is their seventh full-length album, and was released in 2010 by Listenable Records. Although I haven't followed the band much lately, I do like what I hear on Erebos quite a lot. Extremely heavy blackened death metal with a few modern touches is the name of the game here, and Hate delivers the style in the most elegant of all forms. Fans of the band, as well as people who enjoy blackened death metal in the vein of Behemoth, should check out what Hate has to offer this time around.

Erebos has been criticized as sounding too much like a Behemoth worship session, and even though there is a strong influence from these fellow Polish metalheads, I wouldn't consider this album to be a mindless cloning session. The black metal influence is usually kept to a minimum, allowing for the death metal riffs and deep gutteral vocals to take center stage. I hear a few touches of melody and modern influence throughout Erebos, and even though this is far from a predominately modern effort, this album isn't entirely rooted in the past either. The sleek and polished production especially gives Erebos a modern edge. I can't say I'm a huge fan of the triggered drums and compressed sound, but there's no doubt that this is a powerful and effective production.

So there you have it - Erebos is another impressive effort from one of the leading Polish death metal acts. Hate are a group of highly talented and gifted musicians, and they simply know how to deliver quality releases through and through. Even though it's not the most original or memorable album on the face of the planet, Erebos is a well-composed slice of death metal from some very talented musicians, and thus deserves 3.5 stars.

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