"The Killing" EP (Steamhammer / SPV; 2005)

Reviewed by Snidermann

The only downfall of Hatesphere's "The Killing" EP is that it is only four songs long. I wanted to hear more. However, the four cuts here are a great example of what heavy metal should be in 2005: fast, heavy, raw and full of piss and vinegar. 

"The Killing" is a blast furnace right from the first cut and does not let up until the last. Hatesphere is a force in the heavy music scene and, frankly, I cannot wait to hear more. I am listening to this recording as I write this review and I must reiterate how impressed I am with this band and the way they can lay down a track. I'm just a metal fan like you, but I've got to tell you, I think I'm listening to pure metal brilliance.

"The Killing" EP would earn more than three guitarsaws if there it was a full-length. As an EP, however, this is the best possible score I can give it.

Hatesphere: Jacob Bredahl - vocals; Peter Lyse Habsen - guitar; Henrik Jacolsen - guitar; Anders Gyldenøhr - drums; Michael Ehlert - bass. 

For more information, check out www.hatesphere.com

"Ballet of the Brute" (Century Media/BL Music/Scarlet; 2004)

Reviewed by Christopher J. Kelter

HateSphere generated a buzz for their album “Bloodred Hatred” which was picked up by Century Media for worldwide distribution. While I never had the chance to hear “Bloodred Hatred” I knew full well of the band and their style. References to bands like Arch Enemy and The Forsaken were thrown around with abandon and I could only guess as to whether or not these references were any bit useful.

“Ballet Of The Brute” is HateSphere’s latest offering. I can easily confirm that the disc does fall in line with riff-heavy, neo-death thrash of bands like Arch Enemy and The Forsaken. And dammit, the riffs are catchy as hell, if not exactly original. But sometimes we metalheads don’t need or even want originality – we want to bang our heads and get a lot of aggression out. And for that, HateSphere’s “Ballet Of The Brute” fits the bill nicely. The lyrics and venomous delivery are quite fitting if a bit one-dimensional.

The album comes with two interesting covers: Ozzy Osbourne’s “Bark At The Moon” and Anthrax’s “Caught In A Mosh.” HateSphere’s frantic approach to both of these tracks renders them both damn near unrecognizable save for the chorus in “Caught In A Mosh.” Ugh.

“HateSphere” was produced by Tommy Hansen (Helloween, Gamma Ray).

HateSphere: Jacob Bredahl on vocals, Peter Lyse Hansen and Henrik Jacobsen on guitars, Mikael Ehlert on bass, and Ander Ghylanohr on drums.

For more information visit http://www.hatesphere.com

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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