Hate Storm Annihilation
Hate Storm Annihilation
Storm of Flames (2014)
Origin: Chicago, IL
Konstantin - Drums
Craig Schmuhl - Guitars/Vocals
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1 From Slave to Serpent
2 Scorcher of the Holy
3 From the Inside Out
4 Lucifer Rising
5 Blinded Followers
6 Destroyer of Worlds
7 The Cleansing of Humanity by the Blackened Sun that Shadows
9 Thy Flesh, Thy Crop
10 The Storm of Flames
The vocals kick in and within seconds I have a vocalist/style and band in mind that sounds very similar, Nile, I only wish I could pinpoint the specific vocalist (alas quite a few have exited their ranks which makes it rather difficult). Perhaps the remainder of the album will serve to change my initial views.
The first song, From Slave To Serpent, is nearing completion and I'm enjoying the assault upon my ears thus far. The production is impressive; the pummeling drums and, thus far, mid tempo guitar mesh nicely, neither drowning out the other. The vocals fit well atop the mix, a clean deep growl thus far that is surprisingly decipherable, as of yet any Bree-bree-bree styled throat shenanigans are absent.
I find myself liking this more, scanning through the band's bio I discover that Hate Storm Annihilation (a name I will inevitably shorten) is only a two man outfit. I am quite literally stunned for I could name a handful of bands with more members that haven't grabbed my attention as fast as this band has.
*A quick side note: Necrophagist is a rare exception, only one guy present here folks, (session members obviously make up an instrument lineup for live performances) Muhammed Suicşmez, who is quite simply a shredding technical genius!
Back to HSA (there, as promised, I shortened it!).
Lucifer Rising has a slight Morbid Angel edge, much like the blistering first track, with recognizable riffage on it, again another enjoyable track. I must admit I am thinking of Abysmal Dawn, ironic then that this was also produced in Florida (a veritable Mecca for the early American Death scene).
I'm only mid way through the album but I am already starting to understand why their fan base is spreading like wildfire (see what I did there!) and only after a short time in the industry. Their emergence within the scene started in Chicago, in the summer of 2012, following which they toured extensively with renowned acts such as Hate Eternal, Six Feet Under, Cannibal Corpse (Hey, our Skullfucked June AotM) and Deicide, among others
Thy Flesh, Thy Crop, is probably the slowest track here. It displays melody that harkens back to a vintage era Morbid Angel release. This song highlights the variation needed to separate this band from the pack. New talent wanting to make a name for themselves boosting their albums above just a run of the mill release, that may never get noticed by the hungry metal hordes, may want to stand up & take note!
It would be easy for me to mention every track featured as each has its moments, as I mentioned early on this is a solid release, and more notable as it is also their first. All that being said, I have heard better, although usually from more established acts, but then again I have also heard far, far worse. I await the next release eagerly, and I look forward to seeing them live.
Yell in my direction when you hit Arizona guys!
Throwing it over to my scribbling buddy, let's see what Feind thought.
You better damn well bang that head as you…
Spin It In The Pit!!!