relates to our passions making it what it is – special, and expressing a
tapestry of emotions and sentiments . It
need not always be something off the bright side of the moon. The dark of the
moon is by itself something captivating.
Listening to the latest Graveworm
album ‘Ascending Hate’ is like the
exploring that dark of the moon; it isn’t unassuming, and leaves us with no
Hate’ is the band’s 9th studio album after a period of a little
over three years since their previous one. The dark metal legends from Italy
have yet again delivered the goods and are going strong. The band features Stefano Fioi on vocal, Eric
Righi and Stefan Unterpertinger
on guitars, Florian Reiner on bass
and Martin Innerbichler on the
up with the track “Death Heritage” that
blooms with mellow acoustic sections, laying a wonderful foundation for the
heavy parts to follow. Notably, one would time and again come across such
acoustic sections in the album. Symphonic melodies and dark compositions take
birth from the opening track only to establish as the spine of the album.
the album progresses, songs such as “Buried
Alive”, “To the Empire of Madness”
and “Liars To The Lions” show how
well the band balances dark melodic elements with the extremity of metal music
to produce some thundering yet catchy music. The song “Downfall of Heavens” stands out in particular, and it is evident
that this song presents itself with much fervour and focus. It isn’t droning
despite being a dark composition, and the essence that Graveworm is always known for is perfectly
netted in this gem of a song.
The song “Rise
Again” is limitless when it comes to expressing the sensitive side of its dark
compositions, giving the album a pleasing design with the
wonderful work on the rhythm sections, keys and vocals. The album ends with “Nocturnal Hymns Part II (The Death
Anthem)” and is evocative of the old Graveworm. It’s a grand ending to an
album that is an incarnation of intangible elements that give the mind
something to relate with.
Graveworm has made a delightful
creation of art in the manifestation of the album ‘Ascending Hate’. The album does not sound over-done or like the
end result of a desperate attempt. The instrumental sections are all in place
and the vocals don’t tarnish the efforts by rest of the band, but create equilibrium
with the former creating new textures.
and non-generic guitar sections backed by a strong foundation on extreme
drumming and bass topped by acoustic and keys sections present an enigmatic ambiance.
Top-notch production with the right rudiments presents the classical sound of Graveworm in all its glory. The sounds are
clear, refreshing and crisp.
music in ‘Ascending Hate’ seems to mirror life from the innate beginnings to
the final passing. Immerse yourself in this world of dark composition, extreme
metal and melody. The album has everything that a dark metal fan expects from
the music, but personal preferences vary. Whatever one’s preference maybe, the
music in ‘Ascending Hate’ is