Released: 2005, Threeman Recordings
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall
In six years The Project Hate MCMCIX has only released three studio albums and one live album so it was about time for this new album. The band leader and mastermind behind this Swedish act is Lord K and by his side he has Jörgen Sandström (ex-Grave, ex-Entombed) on growling/death vocals, and as the opposite to Jörgen’s vocals the band have engaged the female singer Jo Enckell who takes care of the more ordinary and beautiful parts. Lord K plays numerous different instruments but he shares guitar duties with Peter S. Freed (2 Ton Predator). Lord K played bass on the three previous albums but Michael Håkansson (usually in the prog-metal act Evergrey) takes care of that department.
I can honestly say that at first my only interest in this band was because Jörgen was a member of one of my all time high favorite bands Entombed. I wasn’t at all the least bit disappointed when I listened to this act for the first time.
It feels like Lord K has great visions for his music and he sure has the tools to turn them into reality. There’s no band that sounds like this and it’s not easy trying to describe what this remarkable act sounds like but I’ll give it a try.
It all comes down to one thing and that’s evil, combine that with heavy, brutal, aggressive, grand, beautiful, epic with a musical foundation in death metal with a few symphonic, goth, piano parts with a huge choir you have some kind of description. The album gives the listener a feeling of judgement day and controlled chaos and you’ll find new things that you haven’t heard before each time you listen to it.
The album was recorded in Sweden in different studios. All of this was under the surveillance of the almighty Lord K and fellow producer Dan Swanö. Dan is one of the great legends within the Swedish metal scene and he and Lord K have of course made a totally brilliant production.
The album clocks in at 65 minutes and by then we have taken part of 8 songs which feels totally mind-blowing because it’s a compact and complex album the band delivers and you’re pretty much wiped out when it’s over.
The Troops Of Devastation are a few guest musicians, the most familiar one of them are Gustaf Jorde from Defleshed, Jonas Torndal from Grave, Anders Schultz from Unleashed and Tobbe Sillman, Jocke Widfeldt and Matti Mäkelä all from Vicious Art.
This is an album that is close to perfection, all of the ingredients are mixed together in a brilliant way and all of the little hidden things you find in the music along the way are a bonus. The only thing that I’m a bit hesitant of is the non-listed drummer, did Lord K used drum machine?
If you’re already a blessed and lucky fan of this extraordinary act I welcome you to a new stunning album by your favorite act, otherwise please go out and buy this. You’re won’t be the slightest bit disappointed, I promise.
I keep my fingers crossed and pray The Project Hate MCMCIX are headed out on the road really soon...
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