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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Hat/Vortex Of Death/Abyss Records/2010 CD review

  Hat are a band from Norway that has been interviewed as well as had their previous album reviewed in this zine, which plays an Anti Human form of black metal and this is a review of their 2010 album "Vortex Of Death" which was released by Abyss Records.

Drums range from mid paced to fast drumming with a lot of brutal blast beats, while the bass playing has a very dark tone which follows the riffing that is coming out of the guitars with a strong backbone, as for the synths when they are utilized they add an avant garde primal edge to the music and is only used briefly and on occasion there  is a weird piano sound on the intros mixed in with some weird distorted noises.

Rhythm guitars are mostly mid paced to fast raw black metal riffs that retain the classic Norwegian feel, as for the lead guitars which are only briefly used on this recording, they have a very melodic feel to them, as for the acoustic guitar that is only use for a couple of seconds, they bring a very dark avant-garde edge to the music.

Vocals are mostly high pitched black metal screams with some spoken word passages, while the lyrics touch on anti-Christian and human themes that are very dark and evil at times with the songwriting being written in both English and Norwegian, as for the production it has a very heavy, powerful and raw edge to it.

In my opinion this is another great album from Hat, and you can tell that they progressed a lot with their new album, and if you where a fan of their previous recordings, you should enjoy this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Invocating Death" "the Flesh I Wear" and "Ultimate Evil". RECOMMENDED BUY.

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