Hateure from the Philippines have recently released their new album entitled “Makabagong Anyo ng Galit” (A New Form of Hatred). According to their MySpace page (http://www.myspace.com/hateure), they play “Experimental Metal”. Let’s see just how experimental these guys are with my review of their debut album.
My initial listen to their album doesn’t confirm this. They seem to be sounding more like an off-shoot of Meshuggah with themes playing around Fear Factory territory. This brings them closer to being technical and death at the same time, both of which can easily make or break the way the band sounds. It could either be very good or simply put, they have a long way to go. For me listening to them so far it’s still to early to tell, but I feel that they have the potential to make something mind-blowing.
Another thing that I noticed with the album: now I know this is all DIY and it really shows, but that’s the part where you may either like or hate how the album sounds. It took me a couple of listens to get out of the usual production atmosphere I’m used to. Settling down with the mix, the guitar is too central, and the drums could use with a bit more tweaking. The bass on the other hand is strong and I like how you can distinguish the different things it contributes to the tracks.
I’m a big fan of album covers. That’s one of the great things about being a metalhead is that the bands we love bring out these excellent covers that pretty much set the tone for the album. I remember reading some of Dani Filth’s (Cradle of Filth) words in Kerrang where he describes a band he listened to on the radio which blew him away, only for him to check out the cover of the album and be put off by it. Say what you want, but I personally feel that the cover art says a lot about how you introduce your music to your listeners.
Hateure’s cover art for their album can be described as misleading. Here we have a blue cover with a circular thing and fonts usually used by DJ’s. But wait, maybe that’s what they’re looking for. To catch you off-guard. Pop in the CD, expecting something you can listen to, and BAM! There goes the initial riff of “Mitong Mesiyas”. Well played Hateure. Although if you need some help with future album covers, give me a holler.
Now back to the music. The album as a whole sounds as if it was laid out as a concept of sorts. We have a couple of filler tracks integrated into some of the songs that raises the quality of the experience as a whole.
I like how they introduce the album with “Insustansya”, although you will need to listen to it with proper ear hardware to feel what it really sounds like. The second song “Mitong Mesiyas” sets the tone on what to expect throughout the album. What we have here isn’t unexplored territory. If you’ve heard of Meshuggah, divide it by five, add a dose of modern metal core and then put the “experimental” tag on there and you get the complexity of Hateure.
The album in its entirety intensifies after each song. One after another Hateure raise the bar. By the time I reached “Siklo”, I knew that I wanted to see this band live. An excellent album by my fellow Filipinos, but nothing that I haven’t heard before.
The bottom line is, for Php200, it’s money well spent.
Thanks to Ronaldo S. Vivo Jr. for providing the materials (song, photos and linkage) to make this review possible.