Hate Forest where a band from Ukraine that played a form of ns pagan/black metal with death metal style vocals and this is a review of their 2003 album "Battlefields" which was released by Supernal Music.
Drums are mostly slow, mid paced to fast drumming with some blast beats, while the keyboards sound very atmospheric and pagan sounding, as for the bass playing it has a very dark tone with riffs that follow the riffing that is coming out of the guitars.
Rhythm guitars are mostly slow, mid paced to fast pagan/black metal riffing that also has a death metal influence to it, and there are little to no guitar solos or leads present on this recording.
Vocals are a mixture of high pitched black metal screams, pagan chants and deep growls with some occasional female clean singing vocals that call up the pagan gods, while the lyrics are written in a mixture Ukrainian and English cover Slavic Paganism, Mythology, Nietzsche-ism, Nature, and Darkness, as for the production it is very dark, raw and primitive sounding.
In my opinion this was a great album from Hate Forest and while it may not be as fast or as brutal as their earlier releases, i still think this was a great album and if you are a fan of this band, you probably already own this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "With Fire And Iron" "Our Fading Horizons" and "Glare Over Slavonic Lands". RECOMMENDED BUY.