|©2004 Century Media
1. The Beginning And The End
4. Downward To Nothing
5. Only The Strongest
6. What I See I Despise
7. Last Cut, Last Head
10. 500 Dead People
HateSphere plays post-Slayer deathy thrash metal with short songs, fast tempos, shouted vocals and a touch of NWOSMDM (New Wave of Swedish Melodic Death Metal) thrown in. They’re lean, mean, and Danish, which is scary enough, and they take no prisoners – if a song needs to be short, they keep it short, a philosophy that should probably be practiced more by other bands in the vaguely-defined sphere of fast Northern European aggro-metal.
Eschewing a lot of current NWOSMDM clichés in their riffing, HateSphere tends to favor tight pounding on the low strings and seems content to play only a couple of chords for long periods of time if that’s what fits, and surprisingly it works fairly well (“The Beginning and the End” is a particularly successful example). It is abundantly clear the band as a whole has a severe case of classic Slayeritis, but they also have more teeth, the singer has eaten quite a few more glass shards than Tom Araya, and the guitars don’t completely suck, which is not necessarily true of Slayer in general.
HateSphere is certainly not the final word on fast aggro-metal, and their singer could use a little more melody, but this little album is a very cathartic way to pass the time, especially in heavy traffic.
Review by Rog The Frog Billerey-Mosier
Review date: 01/2005