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Burning Hatred - Carnage

Burning Hatred
by Dave "That Metal Guy" Campbell at 16 June 2016, 10:55 AM

BURNING HATRED is a Death Metal band based out of The Netherlands. Formed in 2002, this is actually the band’s debut full length album, after some EP releases and a brief period of being inactive/split up. The album contains ten tracks. “The Rawagede Massacre” leads off the assault. It’s a mid-tempo song with a classic Death Metal sound. The vocals are deep, guttural utterances and the main riff does not stray too far off the path. “Reign of Horror” is similar in sound and meter. I respect the commitment to traditional Death Metal but it doesn’t offer much in the way or variety or originality. “Carnage of War” however does serve up a little variation in sound. The lead-in riff is more musical in nature though the remainder of the track wallows in homogeneousness. “Desecration” could literally be an extension of the previous song. They key is unchanged and the pace on the album so far could be set to a metronome.

Tortured voices fill the intro to “Dying Day” but the main sound brings more of the same. You can imagine the possibilities of expanded sounds at some pivotal points in the song but they are left on the table, unexposed. “Bedevilment” is yet another song that uses the low E chord as the base for the sound. The riff is just too simple to carry any real weight, even know the overall power is noteworthy. “Doomed City” breaks out a little with a fast picked running riff and some variation in passages, but it is still fairly undistinguished from the remainder of the songs on the album. “March Towards Death” closes the album. The brutality is dialed up with a slower pace, allowing for more impact. The guitar solo section is a nice break from the main sound, but at the end of the LP, I am not left with a lasting impression. Not looking to re-invent the wheel, or recommending that a band change its core values in order to attract more fans, but there could have been some more inventiveness here.

Songwriting: 5
Originality: 5
Memorability: 5
Production: 7

2 Star Rating

1. The Rawagede Massacre
2. Reign of Horror
3. Carnage of War
4. Desecration
5. Religious Insanity
6. Dying Day
7. Bedevilment
8. Doomed City
9. Perceived Infestation
10. March Towards Death
Marc Ouwendijk – Guitar
Rene Brugmans – Vocals
Bas Wijnbergen – Bass
Gerben Moi – Drums
Martin Brakert – Guitar


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