Roundtable Review: Deep in Hate – Chronicles of Oblivion

stillLabel:  Kaotoxin

Release Date:  3 Jun 2014

Songs:   9

Length:  35 Minutes

Genre:  Metal/Death/Deathcore

Studio Albums:  2007 – Only The Strong Survive; 2011 – Origins of Inequality

Location:  France

For Fans of:  Death metal in general, but specifically speaking Whitechapel, Aborted, Carnifex, and Decapitated.

WarpRider – I have to admit it took me a few listens to hear the beauty behind the brutality.  It takes some easing into deathcore for this metal lover.  New Republic was the track that forced me to delve a little deeper and give Deep in Hate an extended sampling.  A nice pair of headphones goes a long way as well.  I could actually feel those little woofers moving air on my ears.  Much like Carnifex earlier this year, I am surprised I find myself enjoying an album like Chronicles of Oblivion as much as I am.  Overall, Deep in Hate is more than just a riff recycling deathcore band.  They offer the listener a bit more range beyond the steady level of bone crunch; from the blast beats to the circle-pit, headbanging, hair-whipping tempos, Deep in Hate covers most aspects under the death metal umbrella.  4.0  

Atleastimhousebroken – At first I was like “Meh, more boring deathcore.”  Then I persisted and then I was like “This has got some teeth and balls to it. Not bad.”  And then I was like “Holy crap! I just made it through a whole deathcore album and I’m still awake!”

Lots of cool, distinguishable riffs, blistering and brutal pace, and a perfect album length for a deathcore record make this one that belongs on a deathcore fan’s radar.  My only complaint would be in the drum tone feeling/sounding a bit too mechanical for my tastes.  3.75

Irmelinis – Tasty, tasty, tasty.The drums move like hyperactive whirlwinds, accompanied by fantastic bass work reinforcing the incredibly dark and fierce atmosphere in the music. It didn’t take long until I was completely into these songs, tapping my feet and smiling. This is damn good modern death that really benefits from such a clear sound; everything sounds so powerful and the songs provide much unexpected variation. It vibrates all the way from my ears down to my chest! 4.0

ChristopherMammal – How long have these guys been playing together? About 150 years? It feels as if they have. The read each other’s minds. Even the instruments are telepathic, I believe, knowing precisely how to respond to each other with flawless perfection. Deep In Hate have delivered one of the most intelligent metal albums I’ve heard. I also believe they make life difficult for themselves. You can hear that so much work has gone into every composition that they’re effectively writing four songs in one on every track. They take any number of unexpected twists and turns, blasting you out of your seat with exploding staccato riffs, then gluing you back in place with sustained riffs so good you can chew the music. You feel you might know what’s going to happen next, but instead you get a key change or different tempo – and all of those devices work so bloody well! The vocals are superb, especially in the lower range. The two guitars sound like ten. The bass must be strung with cables from the Golden Gate Bridge, it is so powerful in linking the other instruments together. As for the percussion, Bastos the Sticksman is a goddamn genius. 4.0

A Metal State of Mind Score – 3.9 out of 5 

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About Reggie

Just a dude writing a heavy metal blog and always on the prowl for a cool metal show. I am also a family man...first and foremost!

Posted on June 25, 2014, in Album Reviews, Roundtable Reviews and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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