Hatesphere - The Great Bludgeoning (Napalm Records)

If you like to head bang and mosh, then this is the album for you! The Great Bludgeoning is frenzied molten excitement from start to finish.
Release Date: 
26 Sep 2011 (All day)

Relentless. Fast paced. Energetic. That's how I describe Hatesphere's The Great Bludgeoning. This album makes your ears bleed and your brain melt. Drummer Mike Park establishes himself as one of the best drummers of the 21st Century. He's brutal, there is no other way to describe him. Listening to the album, that's what stands out - Mike's drumming. Pepe Hansen and Jakob Nyholm handle twin guitar duties and they are as deft and blistering as they come. At times they are so in sync it sounds as if there is only a single guitar. At other times, the guitar is a Paganini-esq frenzy of swirling notes and staccato riffage. 

Venom is a standout track. Pretty acoustic guitar opens this song. The playing is nimble and melodic. then the band kicks in and a wall of sound assaults you. It's heavy yet lovely. At the 80 second mark a circle pit breaks out in your living room. The drumming accoutrements are a nice touch, totally unexpected. 

Do you love the smell of death in the morning? Why of course you do! This is a question posed in the track Smell of Death. The lyrics of this song are fracking ace! I don't know what I like more, the lyrics, the superb guitar work or the mind -blowing drumming. This track is fast paced, metal, full of blistering guitar solos and a wondrous wall of sound. 

Resurrect With A Vengeance is another stand out track. It's full of sludgy molten goodness. The vocals vomit putrid darkness. This is a good thing. Resurrect takes me back to the halcyon days of mid to late 80s and early 90s thrash. The drums hang back just enough to give it a "low rider" feel but then erupt into a psychotic staccato bludgeoning to your head. 

Everything about The Great Bludgeoning is designed to get you moving. If you don't start moshing around your living room by the fourth track, then something is seriously wrong with you! The album is a wild agitated ride. I don't recommend driving while listening to this as a speeding ticket will surely be gotten.