Hate Forest are a solo project from Ukraine that has had music reviewed before in this zine and plays a raw form of pagan black metal and this is a review of his 2020 album "Hour Of The Centaur" which will be released on December 25th by Osmose Productions.
A very dark sounding intro starts off the album while the faster sections of the songs also add in a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats which also gives the music more of a raw feeling. Melodies are also added into some of the guitar riffing along with the vocals being done in a growling style which also adds elements of death metal onto the recording.
Some of the tracks are also very long and epic in length while the songs also add in a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts. A lot of the music is also very heavily rooted in the mid 90's and early 2000's style as well as sounding modern at the same time along with the riffing also having its repetitive moments which also gives the recording a more primitive atmosphere and all of the music also sticks to a heavier direction.
On this recording hate Forest remains true to the raw style of pagan black metal that they have established on previous releases. The production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics cover Slavic Mythology, Nietzscheism, Patriotism, Nature and Darkness themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Hate Forest and if you are a fan of raw pagan black metal, you should enjoy this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Those Who Worship The Sun Bring The Night" and "Shadowed By A Veil of Scythian Arrows".8 out of 10.