Saturday, 18 January 2014
CD Review: Bullet In Your Head, by Made Of Hate (2008)
Changing their name from Archeon, Poland's Made Of Hate come back with Bullet In Your Head, a stripped down melodic death metal album full of eagerness to please and boundless energy, but also occasionally veering close to simplistic.
The compositions are basic, strongly reliant on good melodies, and delivered with an almost disco like bounciness. There is limited complexity or theme development in evidence, and samey tones and lengths prevail, with all nine tracks clocking in at between 4 and 5 minutes, and all delivered at an identical medium-fast tempo.
A couple of stand out tracks rise to the top. Bullet In Your Head is the most sophisticated cut, getting into an immediate groove with a clever riff bolted onto loads of determination. My Last Breath dispenses with the niceties and just reaches for the beef, Kostrzynski slowing the tempo and deciding to chug rather than shred, a welcome change of pace that allows the more traditional solo to sparkle.
Bullet In Your Head is an undemanding listen, firing away in celebration of the genre's fundamentals without necessarily finding any new skulls to puncture.
Mike Kostrzynski - Guitar, Vocals
Radek Polrolniczak - Guitar
Tomek Grochowski - Drums
Jarek Kajszczak - Bass
Songlist (ratings out of 10):
1. Bullet In Your Head - 10
2. An Eye For An Eye - 8
3. On The Edge - 7
4. My Last Breath - 9
5. Mirror Of Sins - 7
6. Hidden - 7
7. Judgement - 7
8. Deadend - 8
9. Fallout - 7
Produced by Made Of Hate.
Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by Tomasz Zalewski.
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