Released: Nove, Adimere Records
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
Hateful Desolation describe themselves as the band who want to bring the old school days of black metal into the current day trends of DSBM and atmospheric dark ambient. And with their first demo I can certainly say they’ve got talent. This eclectic duo hailing from Italy and Egypt, both nations with thriving metal scenes, bring us a very promising first release with WITHERING IN THE DUST.
Opening track ‘Your Memory Will Never Fade’ is quite slow and doom-esque like Aphonic Threnody and Ill Omen, but eventually the guitars kick in and we’re off on a long and fruitful journey of heart warming melodies that rival Rotting Christ’s mid period. Ideal for falling asleep to. There’s also an omnipresent soundbite of waves lapping on a shore which gave me the impression of new lands and areas for the band to cover and promise for future releases. I was certainly hooked so let’s hope they give us some more very soon.
Second track ‘Withering Away in Solitude’ is more vicious in nature with an old school blast beat and a bit of a rock groove at times. A nice variety of sound mixed together in the most brutal form imaginable. The instrumental track ending the album really showcases Void’s multi-musicianship. Guitars are flowing nicely and the drums sound almost jazzy at times. Nice bit of shredding thrown in that made me think of Van Halen for a second and did not disappoint at all. Nice job guys, let us know when the next release is out.
Review by Demitri Levantis