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The Hate Colony - Ascending

The Hate Colony
by Sooraj Ram at 01 November 2017, 11:00 PM

The modern Death Metal scene is slowly becoming more stereotypical and unoriginal. However, I do find some nice bands under this category. I regard such bands as “feel good” bands, as I don't expect much technicality or complexity from them, just some memorable and catchy passages to enjoy the album. I consider THE HATE COLONY  to be amongs the foretold category. With a promising album such as “Ascending” released this year, I hope the band is all set to take modern Metal by storm.

Intro track “Ghost of Damnation” shows off multiple influences. The song bursts off with a typical Death Metal groove and by the time the song reaches a minute or so, the groove just breaks out into a simple yet catchy breakdown. The vocals are done perfectly and the instrumentation is a success, yet I was still hoping for more Death Metal solos or a technical lick or something. However, it is what it is. The song is a catchy one and I guess it probably is one amongs the best ones on this album.

The Melodic approach of the band is truly exemplary yet a bit unoriginal, as the grooves and transitions seem a bit cliche and repetitive. Nevertheless, there are some songs that highlight the positives of this album; one of them is “Intermezzo” - a 2:30-minute song that showcases some of the well-crafted melodies on this album. It is truly a magnificent song to start a fiery and brutal track like “Undertaker”. The Deathcore-ish influences are clear and their “Whitechapel” worship is quite evident. I never thought that I would find a catchy solo on this album but I got about two of them, one from “Dead Man Walking” and another one from “Self Inflicted”.

Overall, I find “Ascending” as a mere success compared to my expectations. However, the album will most certainly keep a Melodic Death Metal fan happy as it is close-enough to being a blend of “The Black Dahlia Murder” and “In Flames” with added Electronic influences. That being said, the album is good enough to keep the band on a roll for more fans.

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

4 Star Rating

1. Ghost of Damnation
2. Ashes
3. Storyteller
4. The Collector
5. Monsoon
6. Intermezzo
7. Undertaker
8. Embrace Silence
9. Dead Man Walking
10. Empire Rises
11. Self-Inflicted
12. Egocentric
Lord Mordor - Vocals
T-Bag Joe - Guitars
Big Truck - Guitars
Sars The Virus - Bass
El Nigardo - Drums
Record Label: Mighty Music


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