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Review: Cauldron of Hate - Sickness
Cauldron of Hate

Label: Kuolema Records
Year released: 2018
Duration: 48:36
Tracks: 11
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: June 10, 2018
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Readers Rating

Rated 3.71/5 (74.29%) (7 Votes)

Cauldron of Hate impressed me quite a bit with their 5-song Emperor EP, released in 2014. Back then, my initial thought was that they sounded like Finland's equivalent of Nile, and while listening to their full-length, titled Sickness, my opinion remains the same.

These Finns obviously love early Nile stuff to death, so much that at times I get confused as to whether I was listening to them or one of Nile's earliest releases. Fortunately, all those exotic instruments that Nile uses are completely missing from Cauldron of Hate's material. But what Cauldron of Hate do, they do it really well, no matter how much some might accuse them of sheer plagiarism of Nile's sound. They just roll over you mercilessly, like an ancient, murderous, 80K-headed Egyptian army on an incendiary rampage, just releasing on you with all their aggression, hate, negativity and wonderful things against you. Most of the time, the guys keep their guns blazing on a pedal-to-the-metal level. They are really at their best when they drastically slow things down, like on "Disease," which is eerie, heavy, and spooky as fuck. They should really try to write more on that level, just to reach more of this level of uniqueness and originality.

Overall, I was a little bit more impressed by this release than their previous EP, Emperor.

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