Written by: Blackie Skulless
I’m not really sure how I missed this one, as Dark Descent Records is a label that really doesn’t get much past my radar. But here we have a striking discovery of mine by a striking new band from Denmark called HAD, translating to “hate” in English. Not too many other words could fit any better for the way they sound. Simply titled Debut EP, this is a horrendous and chaotic ride through a death metal roller coaster.
Underneath a muck-filled ocean of marshy atmosphere lies an extremely solid mass of death riffs that work as more of an experience than anything. Because of this production, nothing jumps above the surface save for the constant blasting of the drums and the occasional wail on the guitar. Repetition is the key ingredient to keep everything stable here, looping horrendous rhythm patterns with cavernous vocals that invoke the feeling of being stranded in such a place.
What helps HAD stand out is their gradual change of pace throughout all of this, while coating on some blackened aesthetic as the final finishing layer. The latter isn’t so much prevalent in the atmosphere itself, but injected into the blasting nature of the drums and the heavy usage of tremolo for the jarring rhythm patterns. The only flaw is that an effort like this one has potential to run dry if it’s applied to a full-length disc due to the extreme one-sidedness.
But we aren’t there yet, and for what it’s worth, this is a solid release to experience in a dimly lit or dark area without distraction. It serves the purpose of immersing the listener into this feeling for a short amount of time, and if they can take this format and expand upon it for a full-length, I think we’d be in for a treat.
HAD - Debut EP was released Sept. 4th, 2020 from Dark Descent Records
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