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Product of Hate - Buried in Violence

Label: Napalm
Format: CD download
Released: 2016
Reviewed By: Jack Mangan
Rating: 7/ 10


Impressive lungs. Product of Hate's vocalist, Adam Gilley, sounds like a skilled amalgam of Chuck Billy (Testament), Phil Anselmo (Pantera, Down), Jocke Gothberg (Dimension Zero), and a feral cat. Drawing heavily from early In Flames, Lamb of God, latter-day Slayer, Strapping Young Lad, and Testament, PoH's 2016 debut full-length, "Buried in Violence" shows a band with pretty much one intensity level: berzerker. In most cases, "immature" would be a purely negative description, but for these guys, it also highlights the strengths of their youthful energy, fearlessness, sense-of-indestructability, and ignorance of the inevitable slow-down of age. The result is a scorching, relentless, swaggering runaway bullet train of an album, with silly song titles like ‘Kill.You.Now’, and ‘Blood Coated Concrete’, all engineered to get hair flying, teeth gritting, and mosh pits spiraling. It will be interesting to see how long they can keep up this degree of intensity.

 

The one exception to the aggression is instrumental track, ‘Vindicare’, which goes for clean and sinister. It serves mainly as a refreshing piece of subdued guitar work and a welcome lull. Don't look to Product of Hate for nuance, depth, or quiet contemplation. Even their cover of Ozzy's ‘Perry Mason’ is resplendent with fury and Gilley's long-sustained screech/screams. If you want well-executed, visceral hyperthrash, then these guys will be happy to deliver it to your chin - - on the heels of their boots.

 
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