SPV 30.04.07

So, HateSphere then. An odd name. Perhaps DeathSponge was a bit too weird for them, or maybe they preferred PainOrb, but it had already been taken. 15 seconds in and all suppositions about the band have been proven correct. Fast drumming, chugging guitars, shifts in tempo and vocals so gravelled they make your own throat hurt in sympathy. Normally, I would class “Lies And Deceit” as an angry song that tries to deal with a certain feeling of hatred towards someone, but it’s safe to say that this is a common theme in every track.

To be fair to the band, some of the musicianship on this record is excellent. Their drummer either has four arms or can drum like one of the demons from track six, and the guitars, while choppy and basic in melody, are intricate and complex when they slide into leading riffs.

There are a few different musical avenues covered across “Serpent Smiles and Killer Eyes”, with funk and moderate rock mentioned in small pieces here and there, but the band wear their hearts on their sleeves. This is full-on thrash metal that is great if it’s your cup of tea, but I think I prefer mine a little sweeter…

Simon Middleyard