† † The latest batch of aural hate from Deathangle Absolution produced this re-issue of a recent demo from this new Dutch/French duo, previously available from the Cold Void Emanations label. On Secular Hatred, members Ascorn and Azanul unleash a killer assault of blackened crust, heavily steeped in that classic Discharge vibe with raging D-beat drumming and crushing metallic riffs bulldozing through a fog of reverb. Most of this demo is brutal, fast paced crust-metal powered by adolescent anti-authoritarian rage (and more than a little misanthropy), but they keep this lively with frequent forays into murky blackened blasting, passages of old-school grindcore that suddenly pivot out of the rampaging hardcore, streaked with evil tremolo riffs that bring that blackened edge to Spite's frenzied Motorcrust, or slip into stretches of grueling slow-motion heaviness, such as the monstrous rumbling Frostian doom of "Extreme Hatred". Some Sabbathian influences pop up on songs like "At Last", but it really turns into something unexpected with the closer "Circle Dims"; this song's strangely haunting doom features off-key singing drifting over more of that slow Frostian heaviness, eventually turning into a strange, eerie sort of gloom-rock with goth-tinged hooks, later breaking into faster, galloping hardcore punk just as the sound of horns begins trumpeting out of the depths. Pretty cool - Spite's warped blackened crust might seem out of place on a label better known for the totalitarian black/death metal of bands like Goatpenis, Revenge and Warfire, but if you dug their recent release of those awesome Ghost Kommando demos that I've drooled over elsewhere in the C-Blast catalog, you'll want to give this a listen, too.
† † Limited to one hundred copies, the tape comes in an oversized plastic case with black and white artwork.