The Killing EP
6/25/2005 - Review by: Eric ComptonHatesphere - The Killing EP - 2005 - SPV
I've always enjoyed the sounds of Konkhra, Gorefest, Pantera, and Overdose, those down and dirty blue collars that just refuse to sit still, always looking for that perfect neck snapper that rivals the bay area thrash days. Hatesphere have found it here, but really that is where the mystery starts for me. Looking at their back catalogue is just simply disappointing. So many years and albums wasted for me personally because I never took the time to look into them. The band has been around since 2000, releasing three full length albums before this year's short but deadly "The Killing EP". While so many bands are hell-bent on capturing that Slayer meets In Flames sound, Hatesphere have really just journeyed forward, constantly pushing the envelope of modern, aggressive thrash. At times Hatesphere could be compared to the likes of today's The Haunted and Kreator, but while those bands seem to be geared towards a more stripped down mall-core sound, these garage warriors just keep it slightly more simple, keeping all of the energy and focus straight forward into sonic annihilation.
Peter Lyse Hansen and Henrik Jacobsen combine on some red hot riffage here, laying down a proverbial wall of sound behind vocalist Jacob Bredahl, who displays his might and muscle through the most horrific of hardcore rumblings. With cuts like "Murderous Intent" and "You're The Enemy", visions of Konkra and Gorefest come to mind. The band just lays down some ultra heavy iron, at times just sounding completely over the top before moving into a more groove based rhythm within each cut. "The Will Of God" follows in much the same way, keeping that 80s bay area grip to their sound but moving into today's aggressive nature of the business. Last cut here, "Trip At The Brain", is just total thrash worship, bringing to mind the likes of Tankard or even Whiplash.
These four songs are just extraordinary, really going beyond the MTV scene and going back to the classic days of Testament, Forbidden, and even Metallica, only with a 2005 production job, leaving the listener with one of the most brutal and blistering assaults of recent memory. With Tommy and Jacob Hansen on board the controls, "The Killing EP" comes out fresh as a daisy, one of those rare recordings that just smokes, easily one of the finest sounds I've heard from this particular genre.
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