Now and then I like to dip my feet into the pool of black metal. I recently came across a band known as Total Hate, a group of Germans that banded together back in 2000. Since then, they’ve erected four full-lengths, and the newest release Throne Behind A Black Veil is what caught my attention. To my understanding, this seems relatively traditional to the genre, fitting in with the second-wave quite well.
What allowed this to snatch my attention was the fact that it isn’t overly muddy and has a bit of concise fastening to it. “Thou Shalt Kill (Killing Spree Unleashed) is crammed with raw and buzzing riffs that establish a mood very well. The drum work on this one is stellar, as the patterns are unique and aren’t so one-dimensional. Admittedly they do get that way for a lot of this release, but that isn’t atypical. Another one that breaks the ice is “Decline Of Human Life Pt. 2,” thanks to its beefy midsection and the melody that came from easing up a bit.
As one might predict, there is also an abundant amount of tremolo-picking as well as plenty of echo added to the mix. This shows the most at the beginning of “His Throne Behind A Black Veil,” but you can find it just about anywhere. After a while, I found it to be quite tiresome, as it makes the songs blend together. I did like the atmosphere in “Lunatic Beast,” given it brightens things up just the tiniest bit.
All in all Throne Behind A Black Veil was a worthwhile listen, and it hit everything I’d expect from a black metal release. Those who aren’t into this style likely won’t need to revisit, but nothing is bad by any means. Really, I think it also suffers from being too long and could stand to be sanded down. If nothing else, I’d at least listen to “Thou Shalt Kill (Killing Spree Unleashed)” since it’s easily a standout
Throne Behind A Black Veil came out on August 2nd, 2019. You can find it digitally as well as on CD, vinyl, and cassette on Bandcamp. But hurry, they’re selling out fast!