Alas / Hate Eternal
[independent/promos on CD]
Equilibrium can work wonders. Half of this CD contains well-constructed
doom-rock led by a lovely female singer. The second half, the blatant
obvious, is super-brutal black/death metal. These opposing forces are
linked by one individual: Mr. Erik Rutan, he of Morbid Angel fame.
I really enjoyed the ALAS "Engulfed in Grief" section of the disc. The
nicely recorded guitars sound truly fucking dark with the paired up
keyboards. Very professional. Ms. Beam's vocals are gorgeous as well.
Somewhat pop-ish in some moments, operatic in others, but all around
doomy and depressing. Alas (heh!), they remain angelic throughout.
Hate Eternal on the other hand aren't quite as interesting. I enjoy the
sheer violence of this, and it truly is chaotic, but it has been done
better before. What I can't believe though is that Jon from FMP has
signed this band. You fucking dunce! Everyone know you only signed them
to pull profit from having a band with Morbid Angel and Cannibal Corpse
members in it! Sign bands that deserve to be signed, not just
semi-interesting side projects!!!
Anyway, Alas is fucking superb. I can't stand nasty hangovers.
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