Bloodwrath – The Hate Effect (Rising Records)

Did the UK’s Bloodwrath produce a debut album of Death Metal brilliance? Why aye!
Release Date: 
25 Feb 2012 - 11:30pm

A name like Grym Cox you might expect to be a title card for British health documentary series Embarrassing Bodies; a kind of freaks-for-all show where people whip out all manner of ulcerated lesions, hilarious protrusions and indeed festering appendages. Fortunately this is not a doctor’s worst nightmare, for Mr Cox is the lead member of Newcastle (UK)’s deathliest death metal machine.

Ok, enough knob gags. Geordie quintet Bloodwrath bash you over the head (last one, I promise) with assured precision; within seconds, and before you know it, debut album The Hate Effect has you under a deathly spell. Their intense and outreaching brand of death metal explodes from word go, showcased by impressive production.

Grym’s deep, throaty, baritone growls sear each track with a fine resonance of command and he uses some nice delayed echo effects at times to carry his voice. Crisp blast beats demonstrably demonstrated in the pummelling likes of Served In Silence and Regression by Andrew Ellis are particularly exciting. His dynamic footwork and impressive authority of his kit mark Ellis out as a British metal drummer of some merit.

There are some nice examples of other styles including Michael ‘Woll’ Turnbull’s Corrosion of Conformity style stoner rock bass breakdown in Existence. He gels perfectly with the excellent twin guitar partnership of David White and Zac Yates. They really step up a couple of gears with superb mosh pit-guaranteeing The Devil’s Look and Ablution War, which has an impossibly catchy guitar riff and hook.

There is scarcely a bad track on here and on repeated listens grows with hateful vigour. The brutalising Organised Genocide and intense album opener Hyperchrist never cease to sound huge and powerful. Bloodwrath are on to a very good thing here with The Hate Effect and you would be a dick to miss out.