If I had to pick the perfect soundtrack for last week's tornado, I would pick this. This is one of the best, heaviest, and just plain awesome albums I have heard in a while. Hatred Surge are a powerviolence band from Austin, Texas founded by the ex-bassist of Insect Warfare, Alex Hughes. The album starts off with a cool, sort of "spoken word" mash up, but then the pounding, sludgey guitars come in and you know you are about to get your face melted off. To put it simply this album is just unrelenting and intense. One of my favorite things about this album is Faiza's screaming vocals. Faiza's voice sounds like she is yelling and screaming, unlike many metal female vocalists who sort of growl and sound inhuman. Sadly she is no longer part of the band, but Insect Warfare's Rahi(who also guests in two songs on "Deconstruct") has taken her place. I also really love the sound of this album, it manages to sound raw and clear at the same time, and really showcases Hatred Surge's intensity. I really can't say anything negative about this album! My favorite songs on this album are Infinity, Sleep Terrorizer, Lethal Pedigree, and Out of Balance. Overall, I think this is a great album, that has a lot of playback, and I am looking forward to hear some of Hatred Surge's other work.
My copy is on black vinyl, which also includes a lyric insert. The record sounds great and I love the artwork and layout! This is also the first 12" that I have gotten that plays on the 45 speed. What Hatred Surge split, ep, etc. should I check out next?