Hatesphere - The Great Bludgeoning

(CD, Napalm Records, 2011)

This is one of the very few times I agree with the label’s bio/promo notes that are included in physical/digital/whatever promos. HATESPHERE has been one of my favorite Thrash / Death Metal bands from the very first time their killer riffs raped my ears. Their only setback was when their last album “To The Nines” which in my humble opinion didn’t manage t match their previous releases, but I guess “The Great Bludgeoning” is here to set things right...

So, what is new here? What’s important is the lineup changes the band went through the last couple of years with AS WE FIGHT’s Esben “Esse” Elnegaard Kjaer Hansen (damn long name, break for coffee) replaced Albrechtsen behind the mic and Jimmy Nedergaard grabbed his bass to fill in for Mixen Lindberg. I guess this change brought some fresh air to HATESPHERE since with their new album they seem to be back on track with one more fine album full of Thrash / Death Metal anthems. The Danish quintet spits its deadly heavy riffing right in your face with Esse screaming his lungs out (yeap, this guy is good). The tempo goes through a lot of shifts since the main thing is definitely speed, as it has always been, but HATESPHERE also know how to groove as well.

These guys are not trying to reinvent the wheel, but they’ve definitely got the talent, the passion and the balls to play classic Scandinavian Thrash/Death Metal like they know and leave the rest biting their dust. An honest effort by an honest and consistent band.





01. The Killer
02. Venom
03. Smell Of Death
04. Decayer
05. The Wail Of My Threnode
06. Resurrect With A Vengeance
07. The Great Bludgeoning
08. Need To Kill
09. Devil In Your Own Hell


Esse - Vocals
Pepe - Guitar
Jakob - Guitar
Jimmy - Bass
Mike - Drums