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Hate Squad - Deguello Wartunes (CD)

Hate Squad
Deguello Wartunes
by Yiannis Dafopoulos at 04 April 2008, 1:22 PM

Every single clue in this album betrayed the band's musical identity. Don't tell me that after seeing the album's cover, and reading the band's name and the track listing you still wonder what they play. Hard, aggressive music all the way. Their two main elements are visible right from the start. Anyway, let's get on with it…

The funny thing about this band is that this album marks their 15th anniversary and I have never heard of them. This is the very first time I come across the name HATE SQUAD. The band's members are/were also involved in bands like BLOODSTAIN, ZENITH (the German ones) and SARGANT FURY. Anyway, since 15 years of life are definitely a respectable age for a band, I suppose we are not having to do with an amateur or inexperienced act.

HATE SQUAD's music is something that balances between aggressive, yet groovy Thrash Metal and modern Hardcore. From what I listened to, the band draws influences from Thrash Metal acts like EKTOMORF and HATESPHERE, as well as Hardcore acts like CATARACT and SWORN ENEMY. So, what was it that didn't rock my socks off? Maybe the band's mediocre and common music that I have heard a million times in the past from other bands. Ok, the sound is really good, but this can't save a band's songs.

Even the guest appearances by HEAVEN SHALL BURN's Marcus Bischoff andMAINTAIN's Timo Bohling and Julian Tamke can't get the whole thing sound a bit more interesting. If you need some mediocre Thrash/Hardcore HATE SQUAD is a good solution, but I don't think that anyone would like to spend his/her money to buy a mediocre album.

2 Star Rating

Tracklist:
Deguello Wartunes
Rise Up
Killing Spree
At The End Alone
Anger From The Gutter
Aggro Manticore
Never Surrender… Die Fighting!
My War
Shank
Hannover H8core
Rivers Of Blood
Lineup:
Burkhard Schmitt - Vocals
Mark Kunnemann - Guitar
Martin Blankeburg - Guitar
Bauke De Groot - Bass
Helge Dolgener - Drums
Record Label: Dockyard 1
     


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