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Calm Hatchery - Sacrilege Of Humanity
December 2010


01. Rattlesnake's Dream
02. Sea of Truth
03. Messerschmitt
04. We Are the Universe
05. Mirror Giants
06. Hymn of the Forgotten
07. Them
08. Lost in the Sands
09. Those Who Were
10. Shine for the Chosen One
11. The Blood of Stalingrad


Largely inspired by Decapitated and rooted firmly in the Polish school of technical death metal, Calm Hatchery do very little to distinguish themselves from the horde. This is quality death metal, mixing the usual musical tendencies from Florida with some of Europe's modern technical and progressive elements; however the same can be said about many bands. Though fairly diverse in the death metal world, Sacrilege Of Humanity does also make us realize how small this world is.

Predominantly, this is Polish death metal with all the stereotypical characteristics that fans have come to associate with the style: uncompromising brutality, an overabundance of blastbeats, complex musical structures peppered with technical riffs and a crystal-clear, yet crunchy production. After all, Sacrilege Of Humanity is produced by the famous Wieslawscy brothers (Vader, Behemoth, Hate), so it should come as no surprise that even if this band's main focus is musicianship, there is still some kind of hook in every song. Although the tempos are appealingly fast and the vocals are appropriately gruff and grizzly, this is very much a band with a focus on guitars. There are some truly spectacular solos in all of the songs featured on this album, with the awesome, Nile-inspired "Lost In The Sands" being a prime example. With this said, even more impressive, at least to me, are the more atmospheric bridges and sweeping breakdowns in songs such as "We Are The Universe" and "Shine For The Chosen One". Calm Hatchery's guitar players are way ahead of the other musicians and one can't help but notice that compared to this guitar tour de force, the drums sound bland and vocals monotone.

Calm Hatchery certainly do have the musicianship and technical abilities to become the next big thing out of Poland since Decapitated. Unfortunately, skillful guitar solos are not enough to ensure their success and the band needs to work on their originality. After all, there is already one Decapitated around, and a Nile and a Morbid Angel as well. With Sacrilege Of Humanity, Calm Hatchery prove that they can keep up with their influences and this in itself is clearly a feat; however, it is a somewhat empty achievement.


 



Written on 22.01.2011 by
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Kwis - 22.01.2011 at 11:26  
Decapitated, Nile and Morbid Angel influence? Bring it on!
Ag Fox - 22.01.2011 at 13:51  
Great review as usual. They had "we are the universe" streaming on myspace and the atmospheric bridges are definitely the highlight
Kamil - 22.01.2011 at 21:28  
Wow, what an awesome release is this
It's truth, that I am not die hard fan of death metal in general, but this stuff is something, what you definately should listen and you will like it.
Troy Killjoy - 23.01.2011 at 01:08  
Will be checking this out ASAP. Can't believe I overlooked it!
vezzy - 23.01.2011 at 10:53  
Written by Troy Killjoy on 23.01.2011 at 01:08

Will be checking this out ASAP. Can't believe I overlooked it!


You should be ashamed.
Marcel Hubregtse - 23.01.2011 at 13:27  
Quite the Shrinebuilder cover art "rip off"
Ag Fox - 23.01.2011 at 23:06  
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 23.01.2011 at 13:27

Quite the Shrinebuilder cover art "rip off"
That's what I thought immediately as well. But obviously the Shrinebuilder one is way better.

Am listening to the album right now. Pretty good stuff.
JCJen7 - 31.01.2011 at 01:56  
Usually I am not a death metal guy at all. Basically my death metal horizons stretch from Opeth to Death, and nothing in between (Basically the only death metal I enjoy is by those bands) and neither of them are within miles of "orthodox" death metal. Not sure why, but I love this album! The heavy riffs are great, and the vocals are very strong. The drumming has a little too many blast beats for my liking, but it still fits very well with the aggressive theme in the album. Great album!

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