HaatE – As The Moon Painted Her Grief by Jarod Lawley

Rating: 4.5/5
Distributor/label: Sixsixsix Music  
Released: 2014
Buy Album [URL]: http://sixsixsixmusic.bandcamp.com
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/darkhaate
HaatE - As The Moon Painted Her Grief

Band line-up:



1. As The Moon Painted Her Grief (part 1)
2. Crystal
3. As The Moon Painted Her Grief (part 2)




From Italy comes anonymous one man project HaatE. As mysterious as the lack of this band’s personal identity, the sound is smothered in intense atmosphere, cloaked by a thick mist of drone, and drowned in rich synth melodies. This mellow journey is HaatE’s first musical offering, available only as digital download and a strictly limited initial 50 CDs. Influenced by the likes of Lustre, Ulver and Wolves in The Throne Room, this project maintains a modern sound but with a high level of respect for the past too.

Split into 3 tracks, this record is a spell based around the title track, “As The Moon Painted Her Grief” which is split into parts 1 and 2. Separated by the beautiful “Crystal” in the middle, all three tracks demonstrate different atmospheres, soundscapes, and timbres. “As The Moon Painted Her Grief (part 1) is the darkest of the 3, with bass choirs and an ethereal, numbing, and repetitive keyboard melody.

“Crystal” shows off a more modern flair, whirling through textures that space rock fans will be familiar with, and treading on ground that neofolk fans will feel at home on. Experimenting with distorted industrial flourishes, the track displays the wide variety of influences that make this solo outfit as worthy of you ear as it is.

Brooding and impending, the album’s closer is nearly equally as gloomy as part 1. Its rich synth sounds are however highly satisfying, especially when accompanied with cracking and banging sound effects. Murky and nebulous, the album comes to a fading death of raindrops, futuristic wobbles, and drowning choirs.

Although many albums in this genre have to really on the listener either being sedated or in a highly receptive state to be effective, this record’s keyboard melodies and variation of textures and themes keeps it entertaining and highly engaging from start to finish. Surely one of the best ambient albums of 2014 released thus far.

Review by Jarod Lawley