|Review: Hath - Of Rot and Ruin|
|Of Rot and Ruin|
Label: Willowtip Records
Year released: 2019
Review online: July 4, 2020
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
for:Of Rot and Ruin
Rated 4/5 (80%) (3 Votes)
I was really surprised when I found out that this was Hath's debut since Of Rot and Ruin sounds like a band with at least a couple of albums under their belt. They did release a 32-minute EP back in 2015, but still...
The band play some pretty majestic blackened death metal with a doomy atmosphere that will just suck you in. They have a bit of a progressive thing going, which is not all that common in the genre and at times reminded me a little bit of a local progressive death metal band named Cholera. The album is crushingly heavy when they're doing their black/death thing, but there are quite a few much quieter passages that are more like interludes. I usually don't like that much in an album of this genre, but Hath have made this blend seamlessly with everything—something that many bands have completely failed at. Of Rot and Ruin is not one of those black/death albums that sets out to destroy in its path, but rather takes it slow. Relaxing extreme metal? I guess that's it. There's a lot going on here, so just sit back, turn off the lights, crank up the volume and let it sink in.
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