Sound — 8
So I'm a guy who's into very complicated metal, music that really requires skill to pull off sucessfully. Fast, heavy, and powerful yet very methodically written. I like crisp production, clear sounds, yet not overproduced. But I'm also an avid extreme metal junkie. Origin, Dying Fetus, Belphegor, things of that nature, get me riled up to go into a pit and rack some scene heads. So about four years ago I stumbled upon this band. When I first listened to this, I thought it was one of those groups that you take to your friends house and listen to, to make fun of, be astonished by and go crazy with. Just the overall initial impression it left on me as far as being so fast and brutal, an unrelenting maelstrom of death metal Nothing more, nothing less. Sadly, I sat this CD onto the pile that I don't listen to very often. Then about two years ago, I storted through it and upon reading the cover, remembered the visceral, raw outpour of rage that this CD offered and decided to give it another go. Now that it's had time to settle, I've decided. You'd be surprised to learn that this band has members that many thrash metal fans know well, Hate Plow was formed in early 1994 by Phil Fasciana (Malevolent Creation), Rob Barrett (Cannibal Corpse, Malevolent Creation), and "Crazy" Larry Hawke (longtime South Florida underground scene stalwart). So now that you know who's behind the wall of insanity, you can really appreciate what's going on. Now I won't beat around the bush, this is the most generic death metal you could come across. Every defining aspect of death metal is featured in this CD. Undoubtedly, you would listen to this and consider it to be in the "Hear the one you've heard 'em all" category. Make no mistake, this is some heavy shit, and it takes a bit of patience and dedicated listening to pick up the subtle death-metal-mastery. (Although there's nothing 'subtle' in this one, folks).
Lyrics — 8
This is death metal. Don't expect the vocalist to be belching out nursery rhymes here. This is brutal, violent, sadomasochistic themes that really hit hard. The vocalist uses the stereotypical low roaring voice and ocassionally it rears up to a shriek of sorts. He's also insane. This dude's all over the place on this CD. The touch of truthful madness adds dimension on top of dimension to this CD. The guy is good at what he does. From drugs, to rape, to murder, to racism, to retards, killing hookers, and talking about their rather stinky cooters, and moshing, it's all there, in it's bloody, man-juice stained glory. But the lyrics aren't always serious, you can see the vocalist's humorous side in songs like "Addicted to Porn" and "F.T.M." (Acronym for 'f--k The Millenium', which was a relevant topic when this CD came out). But the focused on funny stuff in their first CD, but it's present in this CD a little bit too. You'd be hard pressed to find these guys' lyrics on the internet (I found their first CD's lyrics on Darklyrics.com), let alone see them live, or hell, find any of their three CD's (one's a live one). But when you do, you stumble of some sick stuff. I recommend looking for these guys' albums.
Overall Impression — 9
If you are an 'extreme metal aficionado' (perhaps like me), I would scour eBay, Amazon, and any other online music stores for these guys, because you will not be disappointed. Songs like 'Addicted To Porn" which is actually well written, aside from the humorous side, "Payback" and "Resurgence of Hate" are some of the better songs, but I like them all. It's all heavy, blasting riffs and merciless drums. Don't expect a calming interlude liek all of you "All Shall Perish" fans. If you like Cryptopsy, Zyklon, Belphegor, Dying Fetus and Origin, you'll take a liking to these guys. This is grown up metal. By the way, the cover is really cool. Very nice image of suicide.