Label: Fistbang Records
Review by JH
Still fresh from their split with Wargrinder, the Athens-based trio Hate Manifesto (formerly known as Carpathian Lords), denounce the heavens with their stunning debut, entitled “To Those Who Glorified Death” ― featuring seven lashes of supreme Blackened War Metal of the highest pedigree.
The band evokes an atmosphere that takes you back to the heyday of bands like Immolation, Antaeus, Inquisition, Black Witchery, Immortal, Sadistic Intent, Enthroned, Marduk, etc. All instrumental performances are brilliant and honed to maximum effect.
“To Those Who Glorified Death” is without a doubt one of the heaviest albums of 2017 so far. The performance on this album is so strong that the bar is irrevocably raised. Being a debut and a more than noteworthy contribution to this style, it is a contender for one of the best extreme metal albums of 2017.
If you like well-structured black/death metal with no shortage of darkness and violence, then do yourself the profound courtesy of ordering this album. It’s worth every cent.