Deep In Hate – Chronicles Of Oblivion By Andy Taylor

Band Name: Deep In Hate
Album name: Chronicles Of Oblivion
Rating: 3.5/5
Distributor/Label: Kaotoxin Records
Buy Album:http://listen.kaotoxin.com/album/chronicles-of-oblivion
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/DeepInHate
Released: June 2014

deep in hate chronicles of oblivion
Band Lineup:

Matthieu – Vocals
Florian – Guitars
Vincent – Guitars
Kapute – Bass
Nicolas Bastos – Drums

 

 

Tracklisting:

1. Introduction
2. Genesis Of Void
3. The Cattle Procession
4. Alters Of Lies
5. New Republic
6. The Unheard Prayers
7. The Divide
8. Wingless Gods
9. Beyond

Review:

The Deathcore genre gets it’s fair share of bashing from the general metal-head community, some of thoroughly deserved, in other cases perhaps not so much. So what’s everyone’s problem with Deathcore? The merging of two of the most revered metal genres should sound great, right? Well, most of the time it just doesn’t. A lot of bands just sound monotonous and lack anything in the way of creativity. Don’t get me wrong, there are a small handful that have got it spot on. Bands like Despised Icon and The Acacia Strain fall into the category and still manage to pull it out of the bag live and with their studio efforts but many can’t match up to what they bring to the table. France’s Deep In Hate proudly sport the Deathcore banner, will they prove to be valued members of a crowded genre with their latest full length album Chronicles Of Oblivion?

I firmly believe that when it comes to music like this, the Europeans always get it done just right. There’s been an influx of Deathcore bands from the UK and the US and a lot of them are poor. When I read that Deep In Hate are French, it was almost like a seal of quality and it’s evident from the album’s first proper track Genesis Of Void that there’s some great musicianship on this album. There’s a heavy Aborted influence here, made even more noticeable from the two guest spots from Sven De Caluwe and Nicolas Bastos’ pummelling drums which are absolutely shining on Chronicles. Excellent vocals and guitar playing help set the band above many of their more popular genre rivals.

Fans of the aforementioned Aborted, Whitechapel and Despised Icon will have a lot to enjoy over the album’s 36 minutes, though less technical than the band’s previous work, there’s some great riffing and plenty to bang your head to. Traditionalists may criticise the amount of breakdowns on display here (There’s at least one in every track). For me, the band sound best when showcasing their technical ability, blasting away through faster sections of tracks such as Wingless Gods and The Divide and throwing in a breakdown in the middle gets boring quickly, however, Unlike many Deathcore albums I’ve heard, I didn’t mind the amount of breakdowns on Chronicles for the most part, I was more impressed by the rest of the tracks on offer.

The production on Chronicles is excellent, a real modern sound which helps reinforce the general standard of sharpness and crushing heaviness of the album. Overall, Chronicles is a very impressive album and tailored to fans of the bands that clearly influence Deep In Hate. I’d like less breakdowns and a little more technical guitar playing on future releases but Deep In Hate have really set the bar high and with the right amount of care and promotion from Kaotoxin Records and hard work from the band, I’m sure they can increase their already large following to be a major player in Europe’s extreme metal scene.

Review By Andy Taylor

 

 

 

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