Released: 2010, AFM Records
Reviewer: Aaron Yurkiewicz
Made of Hate are Polish quartet currently supporting their second full length release, PATHOGEN. The band combines melodic euro metal with blunt hardcore vocals that makes for an overall sound that’s both interesting and odd at the same time. And while it’s probably not going to re-write metal history, you have to give the band credit for traveling their own path.
Musically, the band is pretty straightforward trad-metal; lots of crisp, distinct picking with swooping melodies, reminiscent of Soilwork, In Flames, etc. But it’s the heavy bark of vocalist Radek Polrolniczak that breaks the band from the mold of so many others like them. He’s got a lower register that’s spit out much like Sheer Terror’s Paul Bearer, which is uniquely endearing against such a prettied backdrop. And the songs on PATHOGEN aren’t bad either. Not great, but not bad at all. PATHOGEN marches out of the gate pretty confidently with “Friend,” “Russian Roulette,” and “You Departed” before things start to get a little “meh.” Even with their own formula, the riffs and general presentation will remind of you of plenty of other bands that play in the same vein, albeit better.
The album clocks in just short of the 40-minute mark, which honestly felt like it was just enough. I’ll admit that PATHOGEN grew on me after a couple of spins. Made of Hate are a little off putting at first, but I dig that the band’s adopted a style that’s likely to be divisive amongst the metal community. That’s worth at least an “E” for “effort.” Check out Made of Hate’s Myspace site for audio samples and more info on PATHOGEN.