|Review: Gnostic - Hatewar 666|
Label: Infernus Rex
Year released: 2005
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: December 12, 2006
Reviewed by: Lars Christiansen
Gnostic hail from San Antonio, Texas and this is their latest release which is a compilation featuring re-recorded demo tracks, an early E.P release and some other unreleased bits and pieces that they had laying around for good measure. Now, let it be known that I love my black metal as much as the next uber-kult true elite necro-warrior. However, something just doesn't quite click into place for me on 'Hatewar 666'. It just didn't grab me by the throat and throttle me for the full 47 minutes plus like I feel Gnostic wanted it to. On the face of things, everything is present and correct for a standard raw black metal album (i.e, waspish guitars, 95% treble/ 5% bass combo and larynx tearing vocals). However, what seems to be the downfall is the fact that the album is over-long, and has a few unnecessarily added tracks to bulk it out, allowing the 'time-lapse' factor to come into play. You know what I mean; those sort of albums that no matter how good your intentions of sitting and trying to concentrate on it when listening, you always manage to get distracted by something pathetic (an interestingly shaped scab on the back of your hand for example, or a poor piece of paintwork on the wall that needs touching up – you get the idea). Before you know it, the album's ended and you're none-the-wiser for all the scab/paint action you've enjoyed with a blur as a soundtrack.
Most of the tracks are pretty much interchangeable (and that's pretty strong coming from someone who listens to Havohej, Black Witchery and Revenge regularly), and all roll into one. It's not all totally worthless however, and there are a couple of points of value hidden in the mire, but no doubt, Gnostic couldn't care less about what I think anyway. Especially as their statement in the booklet to the album states that they "…live in the necro realm and do not fucking care about critical ass-licking crackwhore faggots what are too broad-minded to enjoy trench war chaos!!!!". That's a good job then really, isn't it? Next!
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