|Review: Handful of Hate - Gruesome Splendour|
Label: Cruz Del Sur
Year released: 2006
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: March 3, 2007
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Rated 2.5/5 (50%) (6 Votes)
Fourth album for Italian "Black" metal band Handful Of Hate, who have somehow got themselves a deal with the excellent Cruz Del Sur label. This is not a terrible album, but it does not bear much discussion, as it is so generic I promise you could hear it every day for a week and not remember any of it. This album is pretty much emblematic of what is wrong with a lot of so-called Black Metal these days, because it is not about anything. It's just Death Metal that isn't downtuned. You get a lot of tremolo riffs with a decent if unremarkable tone, clickety-clickety blastbeats, and standard croaking Death/Black vocals. The songs all sound pretty much alike, and nowhere is there any attempt to create any kind of real feeling or atmosphere.
This is one of many bands claiming to be Black Metal and hoping that if they are fast and screamy enough you will never notice that they have nothing to say. This is nowhere near as boring as The Legion or Ered, but it's pretty pointless. I need to invent a new word for bands like this, as they are all over the place, and they are not really Black Metal at all. A decent "Death/Black/Something" disc, but that's it.
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