Released: 2001, Massacre Records
Reviewer: Luxi Lahtinen
Keith Philipson is a musical genius. The Project Hate which he founded together with Jörgen Sandström (ex-Entombed, ex-Grave) in 1998 - and where Mia Stahl a bit later joined to, have come up with a somewhat unique sound which varies from extremely heavy Death Metal parts to beautifully arranged, almost light-weight parts to some Industrial/Electro world of sounds and where Mia´s angel-like vocals create a welcome contrast to Jörgen´s death grunts. The result is something - if not ground-breaking or re-inventing, then at least very much rousing and cringe-worthy; all the 10 songs they (or Keith to be more accurate!) have conjured up for their 2nd full-length album. Since I haven´t had a chance to hear their debut for the German Massacre Records titled CYBERSONIC SUPERCHRIST, it´s, for the damn obvious reasons, hard for me to say whether WHEN WE ARE DONE... is any better than its predecessor, but now I´m anyway pretty much convinced myself that I need to get my hands on their debut next.
I´m sure many bands that have at least tried to create something of their very own musically, probably just HATE to be compared to either their previous bands or some of those bands that may have been an influence for them as far as these bands´ music goes. Well, the guys of T.P.H. like it or not, but for my "cultivated(!)" ears The Project Hate brought Norwegian avant garde metallers Ram-zet in my mind for a number of reasons indeed. First off, just like it was with Ram-zet, Mia´s voice in The Project Hate is a pretty dominating element on the album; Ram-zet had a lady named Miriam doing some similar vocal parts to Mia´s performance on this pretty heavily testosterone-filled, muscular especially riff-wise, release. Then, you can hear right away that they have put lots of time and effort for their song arrangements. Overall all the material on the album sounds like the band has slowly matured the ideas and haven´t rushed things too much for this album at all. The production is rich, fat and dead-heavy. The songs have been blessed by epic-like atmospheres with many symphonic, nearly orchestrated parts that create a certain harmony and peacefulness around the songs. I could honestly say that I like everything on WHEN WE ARE DONE... due to its many original and catchy song arrangements plus the overall superior production that it has.
I wish a long-lasting life for this "project" and many as great albums as this on their way in the future, too. One last word which just a few seconds ago popped up in my head: Just AWESOME!!