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Burning Hatred - Carnage Award winner

Burning Hatred
by Jessica R. Harman at 04 October 2016, 8:13 AM

BURNING HATRED was founded in the east of the Netherlands in fall of 2002. These guys have been riddled with the all to common obstacle of lineup changes. However, since 2002, they have released two demos and an EP “Unleashed” in 2011.  These guys have been touring and sharing stages with bands such as: DISMEMBER, OBITUARY, IMMOLATION, POSSESSEDVOMITORY, and ENTRAILS and performing in festivals like: tonehenge, Malta Deathfest and Nice To Eat You Deathfest. BURNING HATERED is back with their debut studio album “Carnage”. This album comes in with ten tracks and a listening time of about 41 minutes.

The Rawagede Massacre” track one starts the album in a low, doomy atmosphere quickly turning into a blast beat machine. This track has some pretty unique guitarage and a bass line that is so low. The vocals are gritty and feral. His bestial bellows leave the track at a dark and gloomy place. Track three, the title track, comes in with a little higher guitar riffage solo that steadily comes in higher with added bass and drumbeats. Really enjoyed this minute or so intro to the track. It shows the musicianship at its finest. It gives the track a little pop and makes it stand out, especially with how they incorporate it into the track as a whole.

Desecration” shows the drums in all their amazing glory.  Not only do the guitars get some time to shine beautifully on this track, but the drums, they get some of the limelight too without being blast beat city. This makes my drummer heart happy. The guttural growls still rip through the track like a hurricane on the coast. The halfway mark through the track is small interlude that brings a rare element into the track. Track seven, “Bedevilment” has an interesting guitar and drum line. While they are still blast beats, I love hearing a slow motion version throughout the track. It makes the track fun and it cultivates its energy in an uncommon way. The guitars in the last two minutes show a complete knowledge in music, not just their Death Metal genre. “Bedevilment” is one of the most artistic and clever songs on the album.

The final track, “Match Towards Death” is intriguing. There is a definite change in tone and feeling within this track. It is different from the first nine tracks and it’s a little difficult to put my finger on what changed, but it’s there and it’s compelling. “Carnage” is a great album that proves once again, that you can be Death Metal and still create imaginative and glorious pieces of work. Typically, we see the fast and hard being very similar to the next fast and hard work to come out. This is different and it is great.

Songwriting: 9
Originality: 10
Memorability: 9
Production: 9


4 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
René Brugmans – Vocals
Bas Wijnbergen – Bass
Gerben Mol – Drums
Martin Brakert – Guitar
Record Label: Vic Records


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