Hatchet - Dawn Of The End review
|Album:||Dawn Of The End|
|Release date:||March 2013|
01. After The Dark
02. Silenced By Death
03. Screams Of The Night
04. Fall From Grace
05. Revelations Of Good And Evil
06. Signals Of Infection
07. Dawn Of The End
08. Sinister Thoughts
09. Welcome To The Plague
10. Vanishing Point
"[Insert thrash band formed after 2000 here] ? They're just another one of those revivalist bands... Screw that! The only good thrash came in the 80's, all these new bands are just copycats."
Heard this before, or something like it? The truth is, a lot of people are very critical of the bands fueling the new wave of thrash we are in the midst of. Originality seems to be at the core of their position. If you are one of those people who is just chomping at the bit to hate on revivalist thrash, you are in luck; Hatchet doesn't bring anything new to the table; not a single thing. Their sound is one heard before in thrash, think among others, a mix of some Heathen and Exodus.
Review over, stay far away, right? Well, not quite. Looking at the music on its own, Dawn Of The End is a fairly well-made effort. At points the riff quality is strong enough to drive the songs forward on its own (example: "Silenced By Death"), and even when it tapers, it is apparent that the boys in Hatchet know how to put a thrash song together. Taken for what it is, it can be a fun little album. Not groundbreaking or incredibly impressive in any respect, but for people who just love to hear new thrash, there is merit to it.
At the end of the day, this album leaves me with very mixed feelings. On one hand, it really isn't anything special as a whole. On the other, there are moments where the riffs really shine, and there are certainly things to enjoy as a fan of thrash metal. The fact that it's not the most original piece of work does hurt its replay value, however, which leaves it in a sort of gray area for me. The thing is, based on Dawn Of The End, I consider Hatchet a band who doesn't just have room to improve, but they have the skills needed too as well. I see them as a band with a good enough grip of what it takes to make a good thrash album that they still could improve and forge an identity and greater success in the music world.
Until then, I play the waiting game; optimistically, though. Promising is the word that defines Dawn Of The End to me.
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