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The Project Hate MCMXCIX-The Cadaverous Retaliation Agenda

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I don’t think people remember how barren the metal landscape was in the mid 90s’s. Not only did grunge kill all the cockrock bands but traditional metal music was swept away as well. However, like two life rafts off the edge of the Titanic, along came Carcass and Entombed. Because of that I have always been loyal fans of both. Carcass broke up but Entombed kept releasing stuff and I bought it and all the off shoots too. One of those many side projects was The Project Hate MCMXCIX, aka Project Hate. They featured symphonic metal with the contrasting male /female vocals. While many bands were doing that at that time, what set Project Hate apart was their incredibly anti-Christian lyrics. Let’s just say that with a song entitled “I Smell Like Jesus…Dead” there was little room for doubt.

So here we are over a decade later and Project Hate are still releasing there sweeping and lush odes to hating Jesus on The Cadaverous Retaliation Agenda.

Awesome name.

So Cadaverous is 13 tracks of the same but with a couple noticeable changes. Ruby Roque is the new female vocalist and while she is good she does not seem to have the same power as original singer Mia Stahl. Mia also had this ability to add a smirk to her singing that added a special dimension when combined with the lyrics. The other addition is there seems to be a more electronic sound at times. Because of the sparse use it is very off putting. It really takes away from the heaviness and brutality of this band.

Unrelenting too.

There are officially 13 tracks but really it’s 6 songs. There are 7 one-minute lead-ins. However there average length of each song is 12 minutes so you are no one is getting cheated. The length of each song should not worry anyone. There is no dragging things out to look impressive, a la Dream Theater. With a track going on for 15 minutes you would think that you would check the timer to see how much longer. No, you sit back and bask in the wave of nihilistic notes washing over you. I think it is a shame that that the “gimmick”of the band takes away from how good the playing is. Lord K Philipson is a monster guitar player that comes up with brootal riffs accompanied by his equally engaging solos. New drummer Tobben Gustafsson is just as impressive with fills and a rhythms that never get boring.

So many may not like Project Hate for the dueling vocal style or maybe the length of songs or genre mashing. But I guarantee that if you give it a chance you will like this album a whole Hell of a lot. From the excellent playing to the even better songs. Especially if you just listen to the even numbered tracks.

Final rating, I’d be happy paying…

$14.99-Regularly Priced CD

$9.99-Download from iTunes or Amazon

$5.00-wait for Amazon to have it on sale

$1.00-finding at a flea market, car wash, or pawn shop

$0-Not worth the drive space

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General Surgery-Live An Ever Flying Limb

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There is an old saying, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. If that’s true then General Surgery are flattering the pants off of Carcass. It is the grindcore equivalent of what early Krokus or Dirty Looks did to AC/DC. And like those two, who cares because it is awesome. The reason why General Surgery should get praise instead of scorn, is that Like An Ever Flying Limb comes from a place of reverence and worship. Not born out of laziness or a desire to succeed off of someone else.
Like most of there releases Like An Ever Flying Limb is an EP, in fact the running time for the 5-song platter is shorter than a quarter of NFL gametime. Even less is you took out the spoken medical intro dialogue. But again, you don’t care. You’re just happy to get your Caracss fix. Just the opening notes of the album opener/title track will have you moshing in place. That feeling is retained all throughout.
The unsung beauty of this album is it showcases how truly awesome EP’s are. Music wise they get in and get out and every one wins. If they’re good, they leave the listener wanting more. If they’re bad, it was so short it’s not that noticeable. Plus it allows bands that may only have a handful of songs to get them out and not wait around til they have a full LP worth. Or God forbid they do the lazy thing and add on re-recorded versions, live songs, or covers.
Otherwise known as pulling a Scorpions.

Final rating, I’d be happy paying…

$14.99-Regularly Priced CD

$9.99-Download from iTunes or Amazon

$5.00-wait for Amazon to have it on sale

$1.00-finding at a flea market, car wash, or pawn shop

$0-Not worth the drive space

 

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Arch Enemy-Khaos Legions

 

Arch Enemy has had an interesting career. The death metal band was formed out of the ashes of the legendary Carcass. Arch Enemy quickly found success. Then after 3 well received albums they changed singers. Not only did they switch singers, they hired an unknown female singer to do the unthinkable. Angela Gassow was to sing in the guttural style that had not been done by a woman. She did and the band achieved a new level of success. However, many original fans thought the band sold out original singer Johan Liva and that Gassow was nothing more than a gimmick to appeal to the, then burgeoning, Hot Topic crowd. Arch Enemy did not help themselves any when the next couple of albums were very blah. They lost the aggression and power that were their hallmarks and replaced them with songs that seem more focused on “anthems”. Songs became streamlined and lost their appeal once the were heard the first time.

Khaos Legions is a good step towards reclaiming the laurels of the past. Legions is much more aggressive than more recent releases. It is helped by the improvement of Angela’s vocals. While she did have a nice growl on previous albums, on Legions she has a lot more power and a sinister vibe to them. There is more of a “shredded throat” sound. They should help shed some of the “sellout” feelings that many of her detractors may have had.

The first single from the album “Yesterday Is Dead and Gone” serves as the perfect entree on Khaos Legions. While not that original it is very inviting and seeps into the listener and allows the rest of the album to follow. Plus its features one of the crazier guitar sounds out there. Michael Amott gets his guitar to sound like a computerized baby bird gargling. Arch Enemy has one of the better guitar duos in metal. The Amott brothers do not disappoint this time out. Lots of nice riffs and some real tasty dual harmonies especially on “Vengeance Is Mine”. The band also has 4 instrumentals on here. While they may be short they do give a different feel to the album. The last one “Snow Bound” is an acoustic track that closes Khaos Legions out. However one of the albums highlights comes right before it. Arch Enemy is not afraid to do a cover, and this time they chose a doozy, the classic Scorpions song “The Zoo”. This legendary song is given an animalistic treatment and is faster, rawer, and more brutal than the original but still retaining the identity of the original track.

The whipping boy of any good metal album has always been religion and Khaos Legions is no exception. There seems to be more of a concertinaed effort with 5 songs having that theme. While some might think it is pandering it seems to fit with Angela’s new style.

You have to give Arch Enemy some credit. It must be tough for a band to change that far in the game. While this is not along the levels of what Celtic Frost did, Arch Enemy seems to have tweaked their sound and released in Khaos Legions an album that puts them back on the map.

 

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