Hate are a bluntly named blackened death metal band from Poland that first caught my attention with their 2019 album, Auric Gates of Veles.
Blackened death metal is perhaps one of my favourite combination genres, but I’ll also admit that, while many bands do it well, it’s a hard subgenre to do very well. Hate do blackened death metal better than almost everybody.
This is big, expansive, high production blackened death of the best kind. The song writing is complex and the musicianship is masterful.
This is also an incredibly prolific band. When I became aware of them they were preparing to release their eleventh album, and their twelfth is expected later this year. For a band to still sound so fresh and hungry after ten released is special, and Hate very much still have a statement to make.