Review | Hatecrowned – Warpact In Black (EP)
Jan 15th 2014 Eddy Hanna Band/Album Reviews

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Black Metal band from Tripoli, Lebanon. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Hatecrowned Youtube : http://www.youtube.com/user/HatecrownedOfficial Twitter : https://twitter.com/Hatecrowned Myspace : https://myspace.com/hatecrowned.press Influences: Mayhem, Marduk, Belphegor, Behemoth, Von, Gorgoroth, Watain, Dissection, Xasthur. Current Live/Line-up: Ayvaal - Vocals Dahaaka - Guitar Soulburner - Guitar Warlord - Drums (Live) Trotgoh - Bass Guitar Nephtys - Keyboard/Female Vocals Read more on Last.fm

On November 9th 2013, Hatecrowned hosted their first release event at ‘Rock, Stock, and Two Smoking Buds‘, where they released and sold hard copies of their first EP “Warpact in Black”. For fans of 90’s Black Metal, you’re up for a treat! This album preserves many aspects of the First Wave of Black Metal excluding the instrumental low pitch; Hatecrowned’s instruments are clear and empowering. They are vigorously rich in the many Black Metal aspects of Double Bass and Blast Beat drumming and Tremolo Picking.  The vocals are mostly shrieked like a dry corpse and at lesser times growled like a hungry ghoul. This dryness is critiqued as less preferable, but I personally find its style fitting to the album.

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Now what makes this album distinct from any other is that this is the first Lebanese Metal album that has every song in it in Arabic, with lyrics that are well written and almost poetic. I imagine only 4 Lebanese Metal bands have recorded songs in Arabic (Kaoteon, Damar, and parts of Blaakyum’s The Land, unless I’m missing anyone), but none has ever written a full album in Arabic, and it actually sounds pretty good!

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Shortly after the release of the EP, the vocalist “Ayvaal” confessed working on their first full album, which will consist of only songs in English. When asked why did the band choose to release their EP in Arabic, Ayvaal answered “We aimed for something uncommon in Metal that would identify us in our Arabic language“. As for now, this may be the band’s last Arabic album, but not their last Arabic songs.

Warpact in Black is an EP of four tracks:

Track 1 is, in fact, not untitled, but both the title and the lyrics are confidential, as a precaution from having artistic expression misinterpreted for hateful content. That is no surprise, noting how easy words can lead to conflict in our society today.

Track 2 is a Symphonic Black Metal song, distinct from any other song on the album with its astute use of female vocals and Ensemble String effects on Keyboards. It is a Blackened, pessimistic version of “Rajea Yetaamar Lebnan“, aiming at the irony of Lebanon’s reconstruction when the country is on the edge of civil or religious wars and political corruption.

Track 3 is sang from a rather misanthropic, nihilistic perspective on humanity and how mankind will be led by man’s own evil to their destruction. This track thus sees death as the only salvation. It is a rather upbeat song with excessive (but not over) use of Blast Beats, with a beautiful midsolo and a calmer outro played on a nylon guitar.

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Track 4 is an Ambient Depressive Black Metal song. It is both drum killing upbeat and, somewhere in the middle, Melodic Doom-ish, in a way. It narrates, poetically, the pains of this strangling earth and its murderous despair on a personal level.

This is an awesome album for any Black Metal fan that’s willing to listen to a new sound that still preserves the cultural Black Metal. In case you couldn’t get this at Rockstock, the album is also available online for purchase on ATP records, or you can buy a solid copy from the band, or come to their show with Blaakyum and Deathlam; copies will be sold there too (check the event on Facebook)!

In case I missed any details, you can read them on Metal-Bell’s upcoming 4th issue (www.metal-bell.com).

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