Released: 2002, Witches Brew
Hatework is an Italian band that started out back in 1996. In 1997 the band recorded an album that never saw proper release. It was followed in 2000 with a new demo called THRASHERS ATTACK. It was that recording that led to the signing of Hatework to the Witches Brew label. Although MADBENT FOR DISASTER is a 2002 release, this is the first time I’ve heard the band.
If solid, catchy, thrashy riffing and ripping solos are the primary ingredients that you look for in your metal, then Hatework are for you. For me, the guitar playing and soloing are what impressed me the most about the band. Every song features a great ripping solo and ass kicking riffing. It is only the vocals that need some work. They are passable, but do not stand up to the quality of the rest of the band. The overall sound of this recording is decent, especially for the guitar sounds, but the drum sound is below average. Musically, I’d give this a solid 4/5, but the weak vocals drag the rating down to the still respectable 3.5/5.
“Madbent For Disaster” starts the album off and is one of the better offerings on the album. It kicks in with solid double kicks and some great riffing. Right away I liked what I was hearing but once the vocals come in my hopes dropped a little since this guy’s thin sore throat voice doesn’t stand up to the power of the music. “Hellsquad from the Airways” begins with some cool riffing and the tempo on this one calms down providing a welcome change of pace. Again, the solo on this one was very well executed. Another one of the better tracks, “Total War”, begins with a Motorhead sounding bass intro, but hold on…the intensity picks up quickly switching back and forth between a more thrashy part and a calmer riff/tempo. In “Deeds of Hate” the part after solo is killer and reminded me of older Slayer. “Thrashers Attack” has some interesting riffing with a classic metal feel mixed in with thrashier riffing. You’ve heard of death n’ roll, but now with this song we get “thrash n’ roll”…war, death, destruction, beer, and blood...all boiled into one evil brew. This theme is carried into the next track “Dawn of The Dead”. It’s heavier but has some of the same feel. The album is drawn to a close with a fun punk/thrash cover for “All Hell Breaks Loose” by The Misfits.
Hatework is only a three piece with bassist Max handling the vocal duties. Perhaps they should consider adding a new member who can offer some power and diversity to the band’s vocal department. Fans of early thrash metal should definitely look into this band. They have recently released a new album entitled THRASH 'N' ROLL...from the title alone it sound like it's worth looking into.