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Hate Squad - Reborn from Ashes

Hate Squad
Reborn from Ashes
by Craig Rider at 08 December 2018, 8:02 AM

Metal maniacs, rejoice! I am proud to present to you: HATE SQUAD; signed via Massacre Records hailing from the glory of Germany, performing Hardcore/Death/Thrash Metal - on their seventh album entitled: “Reborn From Ashes” (released December 7th, 2018).

Since formation in April of 1993; the band in question have an EP and eight albums in their discography so far, I am introduced to their 8th album entitled: “Reborn From Ashes”. 11 tracks ranging at around 39:06; HATE SQUAD arrange an intricately designed formula of heavy-hitting Hardcore/Death/Thrash Metal developments. “Against All Odds” begins the record; conveying in crunchy prodgiousness, amalgamating a concretely gritty process of relentlessly rhythmic ramifications - rambunctiously rampaging with stampeding vehemence. Demonstrating captivating aggression, amplified adrenaline and a culmination of hostile harmonies and meticulous melodies that supply riveting substances of an organic nature. This is some savage stuff, distributed with diligent stability.

Consisting of Burkhard Schmitt on vocals; the front man establishes guttural growls and grunts of constructively distinguished pipes, “Death List” embellishes on complex dexterity from dexterous twin-guitar duo Mark Künnemann & Marcel Griese flamboyantly experiment with chaotic chugging and galloping mayhem in songs like “Amok” & the titular track – exemplified with a hint of progressively technical thunder that blisters with rip-roaring scorches of solidly sinister slabs of primitively malicious and mandatory skill. “Retaliation Promise” fabricates excelling firepower, forged with hate and heavy madness - a good conception of diversely dynamic utilizations that vary with variety and versatile strength. “Until I Die” compiles hardened hymns, attributing infectiously injected grooves of catchy creativity.

Audible bassist Bauke De Groot contributes a battering ram of stomping thumps; looping with soundscapes that will unleash a rage within in songs like “Regain The Strength”, inventively contrasting a borderline foundation of aesthetics between aforementioned sub-genres that is fused in a modernized formulaic. Pummeling drummer Helge Dolgener pounds his steel with velocity and speed, submerged with profusely robust subjugations in the next belter: “Know Your Enemy”. “Hate Factory” assaults with barraged frenzies, cited with fluidly polished sound production persistencies that are dominated with proficiently primitive maliciousness… embodied with rapidly swift nimbleness and hammering haste, pursuited with perseverance and ponderous weight.

2 Miles Behind Enemy Lines” efficaciously electrifies with fierce precision, gnarly hooks and meaty patterns that flow with finesse - conjured up with triumphant tribulations. Overall concluding “Reborn From Ashes” with the finale track: “Fuck Cancer!” (which speaks for itself, really.); I discovered a tasty one, while I feel the juxtapositions are seemingly sonic - HATE SQUAD certainly outdone themselves here.

Songwriting: 8
Memorability: 7
Originality: 7
Sound Production: 8

3 Star Rating

1. Against All Odds
2. Death List
3. Amok
4. Reborn From Ashes
5. Retaliation Promise
6. Until I Die
7. Regain The Strength
8. Know Your Enemy
9. Hate Factory
10. 2 Miles Behind Enemy Lines
11. Fuck Cancer!
Burkhard Schmitt - Vocals
Mark Künnemann - Guitar
Marcel Griese - Guitar
Bauke De Groot - Bass
Helge Dolgener - Drums
Record Label: Massacre Records


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