HATESPHERE - Serpent Smiles And Killer Eyes

HateSphere - Serpent Smiles And Killer Eyes

9 songs
40:51 minutes
***** ****
Steamhammer / SPV


The Sickness Within (2005) was a real killer album by HateSphere, especially when you considered the progress the Danish thrash metal band had achieved since its beginnings. It wouldn’t be an easy task to keep the same high level on their new release Serpent Smiles And Killer Eyes, but HateSphere once again make the Danish Dynamite explode.

Foremost I am impressed by the dynamic production that helps this album to develop its sound structures even more. The music is basically aggressive thrash metal, with some nods to metal core and groovier rock, but HateSphere add enough breaks and sometimes decrease the tempo with mosh parts. They must have been influenced by the likes of Sepultura, The Haunted and Slayer, whose impact can best be heard on Floating with its Kerry King guitar sound. Let Them Hate, another highlight, is a great progressive thrash song with many chaotic elements. Another surprise is Drinking With The King Of The Dead that starts with a southern rock intro before turning into the classic HateSphere sound with several tempo changes.

HateSphere have slightly improved since their last release. Especially the guitar playing and the varied song writing are two reasons why every thrash metal fan should test this great piece of brutal metal.

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