Released: 2008, Dockyard 1/Sound Pollution
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall
These haters come from Germany and were established at the beginning of the 1990’s by Burkhard Schmitt. His aim was to play aggressive and groovy music and mix thrash, death metal and hardcore and out came Hate Squad. The band created their own unique style and brand and broke ground for many new acts to come forward. The band’s debut called THEATER OF HATE came out in 1994, but despite massive touring through Europe and numerous years of experience they’ve only released 5 albums. I don’t have the slightest idea if the band is political or not, I only know that they’re really mad.
Guest appearances on the album include Marcus Bischoff from Heaven Shall Burn, Timo Böhling from Maintain and Julian Tomke. Through the years the band has refined their music and their talent but the music is still angry and aggressive hardcore influenced by death and thrash metal, only now it’s delivered in a smaller dose.
DEGUELLO WARTUNES is a wet dream for all fans of extreme metal; this is nothing but sheer brutality and hate in its purest form and it’s wonderful to listen to. I love this German act and I have no choice but to jump along with the music and get carried away by the mad guitar riffs and the flaming beats.
I have a hard time picking out killer tracks when the entire album kills you. Hate Squad has made an amazing album that holds you in its grip for the 50 minutes it lasts. The production is just as brilliant as the rest of the album and it balances the hardcore, thrash and death metal influences perfectly.
I recommend this album to all readers; it’s hard to shake off the feeling of the album once it’s over and so I advise you put it on repeat. DEGUELLO WARTUNES is a lesson in violence and I congratulate them on their 15 years in the business and hope for 15 more. The bio ends with these words which are also the title of a song: “Never surrender… die fighting”, and that pretty much sums up the essence of Hate Squad.