|Review: Made of Hate - Bullet in Your Head|
|Bullet in Your Head|
Label: AFM Records
Year released: 2008
Genre: Melodic Death Metal
Review online: February 19, 2008
Reviewed by: Bruce Dragonchaser
for:Bullet in Your Head
Rated 3.7/5 (74%) (10 Votes)
Made of Hate? Sounds pretty straight forward. That's until you actually slip their debut release in your stereo. Then we have a problem. Starting life as Archeon, you'd be forgiven for thinking that this Polish war machine aspired to be the next Vader. Or, in fact, any band of that genre, and the sooner you hear Archeon's paltry "The End of Weakness" the sooner you'll scoff that humble pie when you get around to "Bullet in Your Head".
Let's make this perfectly clear: Made of Hate are ardent Children of Bodom worshippers. Under the Archeon moniker, they were a poor man's Imperanon; ripping ever seam of neo-classical genius from "Hatebreeder" and making an absolute dog's dinner of it. Dropping the keyboards and tightening the bolts, Made of Hate are now a much fitter, more athletic unit, focused brazenly on the heavier side of Children of Bodom's makeup, à la "Hate Crew Deathroll". The result is a short but sweet album jam-packed with Alexi Laiho-esque screams, metallic bass runs, crippling double bass, and a healthy dosage of shredding solos and melodic guitar harmonies. Vocalist/guitarist/composer Michal Kostrzynski is certainly a talented addition to the virtuoso hall of fame, and his performance in all courts is flaming hot. True, most of "Bullet in Your Head" is straight for the jugular Heavy/Power Metal fodder, with little or no extreme metal influence besides the barking vocals, with tracks like "Hidden" and "An Eye For An Eye" being educated in the Sinergy school of 'how to write a crushing metal riff'.
Each track individually is an absolute scorcher, boasting some incredibly catchy riffing and shout-along choruses, but as a whole the album has no identity - or longevity for that matter. If you do happen to have some spare cash and fancy a flashy 40 minutes of vicious heavy metal that requires compulsory head banging, this could find itself cropping up on the old playlist more often than you think.
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