Deathtale - The Origin of Hate - 91%
Deathtale have made themselves quite a positive name within the Austrian
metal scene. Hailing from Vienna, their mixture of hard hitting thrash metal
and some death metal chords provide a lot of passion and energy. “The Origin
of Hate” has been full length number three, showing a band that knows
exactly what they want to achieve. While the innovation factor might not be
too high, the professionalism and experience is obvious, making this album a
nice slab of crushing music.
The crunchy heaviness of the rhythm guitar is pitched against some fantastic
harmonies of the lead guitar, lending the whole affair a very uplifting
atmosphere. The guys have a great feeling for hooky riffs and pretty catchy
refrains, making each song just pure fun from start to finish. The
songwriting is straight and on point without coming across as being simple
or boring. There are some really cool soloing sections, but those parts are
never overdone and they have been perfectly embedded into the flow of the
respective songs. Overall I tend to say that the riffs and the guitar
playing in general are the main star of the show here.
That does not mean that the rhythm section is sloppy – not at all. The
drumming is very tight switching between groovy sections and some outbursts
of chaos and destruction. These moments are perfectly placed over the record
and while the instrumentation is on point the music never gets overly
complex. The band keeps the main focus on balanced songwriting and heavy
grooves. The most emphasis has been put on producing some really hard
rocking tunes that will make any metal fan swing his ass and nod his head.
The structure of the songs is based on the traditional verse-chorus formula,
making the whole music quite accessible. The guys have a great feeling for
melodies and harmonies and at least half of the songs are real earworms. Not
only the single songs are well-crafted, but the whole album has a nice flow,
with speedy and furious parts alternating with slower and intense pieces.
Rhythm and tempo changes are embedded in a natural and stringent way,
lending the music additional variation and intensity. The placement of the
tracks is done in a way that the music never sounds too samey or gets
Singer Patrick has a classic and powerful voice. His shouting and screaming
perfectly fits the instrumentation and his delivery underlines the intensity
of “The Origin of Hate”. The production comes across being quite modern and
a bit synthetic but punchy with no details being buried in the mix. Maybe
the compression factor could have been a bit more subtle but I am no expert
and the overall sound is more than serviceable. This is an album played with
a lot of passion and love for metal music by some talented musicians and I
can only recommend any fan of the genre to check is out.
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