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.
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.
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