MetalSucks Unsigned and Unholy alumni Hath have been called up to the big leagues at Willowtip Records, a label known for a wickedly consistent dedication to quality death metal. And with the release of the band’s new album Of Rot and Ruin coming later this week, we thought it’d be fitting to bring things full circle and stream it in full for all of you hear a few days before it’s officially unveiled.
Hath’s approach might be described as Opethian, although you won’t get those vibes until you really dig in. “Usurpation,” the album’s opener, is so damn heavy; chunky death metal riffs collide with modern production heft and the occasional blackened inflection or odd clean-sung vocal part, all weaved into an expansive and dynamic orchestration that will make fans of progressive metal squeal with delight. Elsewhere, acoustic guitars collide with tech-death riffs, blast beats slam into breakdowns, solos dance in and out of the melody, vocal dynamics ebb and flow… it’s clear the band has devoted a tremendous amount of time and attention to composition and arrangement, and that’s what we meant by Opethian even if the music sounds nothing (well, a little) like that band.
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