|Review: Made of Hate - Pathogen|
Label: AFM Records
Year released: 2010
Genre: Power Metal
Review online: March 9, 2011
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Rated 2.89/5 (57.78%) (9 Votes)
With a name like Made of Hate, I admit my hopes for Pathogen were not high. At best, I thought they might be some type of Thrash/Crossover, at worst something closer to Nu/Core. Imagine my surprise when straight up Heavy Metal issued from my speakers. Sure, the production on Pathogen is modern, as are some of the riffs and song structures, and that might be too much for some. But the guitar sound, especially the soloing, stands on the shoulders of the bands of the 80s.
Singer Radek Polrolniczak's vocals take a bit of getting used to, sitting somewhere between Sabaton's Joakim Broden and the Cookie Monster, but he never strays too close to the angst-ridden, whiny sounds of "modern" metal. Musically, there is some staccato riffing and a few breakdowns, but then guitarist Mike Kostrzy?ski starts working the fret board and all thoughts of "new" are out the window. The album is short and sweet and no one track is a real stunner, but Made of Hate know how to write a melody and Kostrzy?ski's guitar work brings it all together. A Tortured Soul might be a good analogy. Pathogen isn't Thrash and it isn't Death, it is just solid Heavy Metal. It's actually a bit refreshing to hear Heavy Metal with today's production, in light of all the "old school" stuff of the past few years. Not for everyone, but you could do a lot worse than Pathogen.
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