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Review: Hath - Hive

Label: Willowtip Records
Year released: 2020
Originally released in: 2015
Duration: 38:28
Tracks: 6
Genre: Black/Death


Review online: September 2, 2020
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
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Rated 4/5 (80%) (5 Votes)

I reviewed Hath's first album, Of Rot and Ruin, a couple of months ago and shortly after this reissue of their 2015 EP landed in my inbox. Nice! This reissue includes a brand-new song, "Atropus", on top of the original five songs. I really liked the album and this EP shows that these guys had the right stuff from their first release. Doomy, heavy blackened death with a penchant for non-wankery technical playing is what these guys do, and they do it well. I said that the album reminded me of a little-known band named Cholera at times and that's also true here, though here the darker and more melodic parts also kind of remind me of The Chasm in the early 2000s, so that's an added bonus. Hath's music is dark, sometimes depressingly so, yet beautiful and soothing at times, and they know how to use melody without watering down the aggression. The gloomy atmosphere that makes you want to rip your guts out is omnipresent and drags you in from the beginning and doesn't let go. Just like the album, the songs are busy and there's a lot to discover upon repeated listens. Good stuff.

More about Hath...
Review: All That Was Promised (reviewed by Mjölnir)
Review: Of Rot and Ruin (reviewed by Michel Renaud)
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