HAT (Norway) “Vortex of Death” DIGI CD review by Metal Revolution

HAT (Norway) Vortex of Death DIGI CD review

by Metal Revolution

By Bato

Hat is a Norwegian classic black metal duo formed in 1993 under the name of Ravner. During the period of 1996 to 2006 the band was inactive for soon after to reunite under the new moniker, Hat. The band released the demo Livet Ebber Ut in 2008 and a year later their debut full-length entitled The Demise Of Mankind. To prove that Hat is not ‘one-album-project’ the band is now ready with a follow-up Vortex Of Death.

Vortex Of Death is a eight-track long offering filled with chaos and destruction. The album reflects and holds the energies that make Hat what it is; a true Norwegian Black Metal. Key-words are; misanthropy, chaos, death and destruction – forged in the flames of eternal hell. Their music is fierce and grim, slipping from total classic old-school style Nordic blasting blackness. Meanwhile, it also has this groovy and sometimes even epic side which makes it quite listenable. Overall pace of the album is mid-tempo, with occasional shifts. Cover artwork is mediocre, but I like their lyrical mix of both Norwegian and English lyrics.

The only downside of this particular record is the fact that almost all songs sound similar to each another. There’s a very little variation and diversity, but also maybe a bit of harshness and rawness that was present on their debut.

Still, I consider Vortex Of Death opus to be ‘above the average’ and something that can be recommended for fans of Satyricon, Tsjuder, Immortal, Taake, Emperor, Gorgoroth and similar old-school, authentic & misanthropic Nordic black metal acts.

Rating: 77/100

Review link: http://metal-revolution.com/plugins/content/content.php?content.3476

Hat links:

Myspace: www.myspace.com/Evighat

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Hat/154439157951339

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/evighat

Last fm: www.last.fm/music/Hat

Abyss Records links:

Online Label & Online Music Store: www.officialabyssrecords.com

Myspace: www.myspace.com/abyssrecordsofficial

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Abyss-Records/164573050232055

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/label/abyssrecords

Last fm: www.last.fm/label/AbyssRecords

Youtube: www.youtube.com/user/MinionfortheAbyss

Other links:

To purchase HAT “Vortex of Death” DIGI CD and other HAT merchandise go to: www.officialabyssrecords.com/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=hat+vortex

And to preview a song from their first release “The Demise of Mankind” go to: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJD28wHlPpU

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