GENRE: DEATH BLACK METAL
ALBUM REVIEW: AURIC GATES OF VELES 
Cover Art by
Masianis | Layout by
HATE - "AURIC GATES OF VELES"
- 2019 |
1. Seventh Manvantara
3. The Volga's Veins
5. Path to Arkhen
6. Auric Gates of Veles
7. Salve Ignis
8. Generation Sulphur
9. In the Shrine of Veles (Pre-Production) *ltd. digi bonus track
10. Path to Arkhen (Pre-Production) *ltd. digi bonus track
[Release Date: 2019-06-14]
ORDER CD, LP & MERCH:
ATF Sinner - vocals, guitars
Pavulon - drums
Tiermes - bass (session)
Domin - guitar (session)
The album was produced by
Wiesławski brothers at
Studio, Poland (Behemoth, Vader, Decapitated, etc).
HATE - Auric Gates of Veles - 2019 -
Metal Blade Records
Genre: Black Death Metal
"(...)You took my soul from me
No man's child born of evil blood
In wolf's skin
In silence enshrined through time
I chase the wind
To the purest of winters
There I'll find my fate
Where no gods ever dare to tread
Where death is all mine(...)" | HATE | Auric Gares of Veles
THE BAND AND NEW ALBUM:
Poland death black metal titans
unleashed their eleventh original full-length album entitled "Auric Gates
of Veles", one of the bands most vicious, barbaric and addictive pieces
to the date.
Extreme metal veterans
have been one of the biggest influence over the forming of Polish metal
scene back in the nineties.
have brought to us death black metal classics
such as "Awakening of the Liar", "Anaclasis (...)", "Erebos", "Solarflesh
has returned with one of their most mature, direct and solid creation to the
Living up to their name, the band has recreated their
sound and forged one of their most aggressive and ruthless death black
metal pieces of art we heard in the last years!
of Veles" is a masterpiece that combines enriching Slavic lore and mysticism
to the bands already demolishing sound. A perfect
combination of dark aspects of the mystic and arcane Slavonic
folklore with death metal scorching sound, something not so common on this
HATE has never refused to take their sound to the next level and what
the band has done over "Auric Gates of Veles" really takes them
beyond the gates of recognition and puts them as one of the highest
representations of what is being done on metal realms of extremity! Being
one of the most innovative bands out there,
HATE have gone deeper musically and lyrically into the Slavic lore to
bring fourth one of their best albums of the last years if not career!
No wonder the interest of one of Metal strongest labels (Metal Blade Records)
on the band, which was an explicit
sign of recognition of musical excellence!
"Auric Gates of Veles" is a clearer and natural step forwards to the
band's previous release "Tremendum", a new ritual enriched with dark
mysticism that adds to the enraging death metal sound the right dose of
blackness and arcane magic. Still one thing I assure you... expect no
softness on this new album,
"Auric Gates of Veles" may take the old fans of
HATE back in time and remind them of the ruthless
"Awakening of the Liar" release which was a
on the band's storied career. Expect no other
but a wall of sonic destruction combined with some dark ambient elements in the
background in order to enhance the whole cult mystic blackness. A true majestic piece
of death metal devastation combined with a slight black metal ancient
The final studio work at
Studio (Behemoth, Vader, Decapitated, etc) by
Wiesławski brothers together with the band is about brilliant as it
was to be expected, the impressive final sound is as organic as dynamic,
giving in this way the best sound definition to the whole piece... another
amazing work to come out of that studio!
The cover art and logo revamp by
Masianis as well as the layout by
Daniel Rusiłowicz give the whole band concept of Slavic lore the
right visual presentation... primordial, epic and ethereal art!
"Auric Gates of Veles" is a colossal piece of extreme metal, both
organic and dynamic sounding from the beginning to it's end. This album
takes the band back into it's death metal roots and unleashes some of the
most aggressive pieces the band has created to the date. There is no lesser
amazing track on this album, I think the whole piece is about brilliant and
astonishing, as a fan of the band since early times I must say that this is
most probably one of
HATE's best albums to the date, this since vicious death metal
combined with slight black metal elements is music for my ears, for me it's the
mark of extreme metal
Out from mystical Slavic darkness comes the opening track "Seventh Manvantara",
a blasting savage piece that heralds what is to come, this is such an
intense and breath-taking song, without a doubt one of my personal favourite
tracks of this masterpiece of death black metal.
The tortured ears are hit with no mercy by the following ferocious track
"Triskhelion", which is another merciless song as brutal as addictive,
another of my favourite tracks that shall leave you breathless.
"The Volga's Veins" follows, this is another excellent vicious track
enriched with a dark pagan melodic atmosphere, another barbarous massacre
for your morbid delight!
Sanctity" which is arguably the album centrepiece is another of my own
personal favourite tracks, a daring epic anthem that will strike you down
like a mighty heathen thunder and capture your full attention, here the
harsh ritualistic black metal elements enrich the whole song and keep you
captive to this Slavonic transcendental dark universe.
"Path to Arkhen" ignites once again the flames of pagan fire and unleash
hell on Earth on another brilliant and frenetic haunting track. Death black
metal can't get much better than this I dare to say!
The enigmatic title track "Auric Gates of Veles" with it's
haunting sinister atmosphere slows down the pulse and raises in a crushing
tension. Become part of this dark ritual of fire an death!
"Salve Ignis" follows, and with it "all hell breaks loose" once
again, this is an apocalyptic tragic sounding track with such a scorching
sinister surrounding! An ominous bringer of doom!
“Generation Sulphur” concludes this piece of art with a rawer black
metal approach, another blazing fast track that brings out Armageddon upon
the tormented listeners!
As bonus tracks we have the two pre-production songs that
HATE recorded before they hit
Studio to record this piece of death black metal art, "In the Shrine of Veles"
is another frenetic fast track that already proved the band's intentions
toward this new album, rawer, barbaric and solid as a rock! "Path to Arkhen"
pre-production is a rawer version of the final product, yet the bass
lines where quite impressive on this pre-production! In fact such a strong
track deserved to be part of the final work... a prize for such epic
Gates of Veles" is one of the best
and most direct creations of
HATE to the date, the mystic enriching Slavonic lore combined with some
of the most demolishing death metal viciousness is about perfect. The band
takes their listeners back to their roots, not only musically but also to
their ancient lands traditions and beliefs, making you to see through the
eyes of the pagan Slavic culture!
Gates of Veles" is a both titanic and enriching death black metal experience that puts the
band where they sure belong... which is on top of what is being done on
today's extreme metal sphere, toe-to-toe with bands like Behemoth,
Vader, Dimmu Borgir, etc...
Expect no softness, expect no blinding light, "Auric
Gates of Veles"
is some of
HATE's most enraging dark pieces to the date... there is no retreat, no
surrender... HATE IS THE LAW!
NeKronos Promotion HELL
"Sovereign Sanctity": Videoclip:
"Seventh Manvantara": Audio clip:
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