Crushing craniums since 2000, here is the Italian band's second full-length. Absolutely oppressive, cruel old-school death metal that has a considerable doom metal element to keep things SERIOUSLY heavy. Also has a modern edge to it, keeping it from being any kind of Xerox of the older stuff. Excellent death metal, period, and the cover artwork is beyond awesome.
METAL TEMPLE – ALMOST PERFECT:
The architects of this new temple of Death Metal, "Epilogue Of Masquerade", are the Italians HATEFUL, and they used the correct formulas to build something that I think will stand the strongest earthquakes. This trio that come straight from the city of Modena in Italy, have a 16 year experience with in the pocket, a demo and an album called "Coils Of The Consumed Paradise", released in 2010.
With a brutal and technical trend at the same time, the Italians does not take long to open this new album with "Artifacts Of The Damned", a sufficient track to announce the beginning of a difficult album to decipher all of it codes. Playing with complicated measures and malicious tones seems to be the favorite pastime of the musicians forming HATEFUL and it seems clear in the following "Corrupting The Veil That Keeps The Mind Sane" and "A Despicable Harvest". Each song of this album took a rate of brutality but also a large part of work and reflection this is what gives it the technical label.
I continued with "It Once Was Light” that still immersed in technicality, but "Breathing The Whirlwind" is a typical Old School, short, and announces a tournament in the album for a more brutal atmosphere that is confirmed with "Instinct Of The Carnivorous Mass ", supported by the great masters, the drummer "Marcello Malagoli", which is unknown to most people, but I tell you, this man is one of the most passionate drummer I've heard from a period now. The determination to make "Epilogue Of Masquerade" a very good album continues with the next piece, "Stillbirth" and "A Wolf In Sheep's Clothing" always spiced with very original riffs. Daniel Lupidi the founder and his colleague Massimo Vezzani always have the energy to push their guitars to the limits. Approaching to the last part of the album, I noticed a little melodic trend, but remaining hard and technical as the song "Bloodline".
One thing is certain is that the Italian trio takes things seriously. It is always difficult to be distinguished with a good album in recent years, but HATEFUL succeeded to capture my attention. Is it the case for you?