Written by: Aaron Chatterpaul
Release date: October 1, 2015
Label: Hotfoot Records
In The Act of Violence is:
Kenny C - Vocals.
Jeff H - Guitar.
Joey F - Drums.
Kalin D - Bass
Supreme Hate consists of five solid tracks, which include, “Emerald City,” “Chicago,” “Glamour Kills,” “Sick Inside” and “Worthless.” Each of these tracks are not only brutally heavy, they are also dynamic. The track “Emerald City” sets the tone for the album. All five of these tracks follow a similar format to one another, however each tune has its own unique characteristics.
“Emerald City” begins with an announcement regarding the death of Curt Cobain, followed by an unaccompanied mid-tempo guitar riff with some cymbal chokes. Once the vocals and the rest of the band comes in, the track maintains a very steady (and catchy) groove. The groove is utilized with down-tuned guitars and bass. The breakdowns and instrumental pauses create dynamics that shape the form of this track exquisitely. This track is very easy to get into. The brutal vocals, paired with the heavy instruments crafts an atmosphere of intensity which the listener can simply relate to. The upcoming tracks on the album maintain the same intensity as this track.
The second track “Chicago,” much like the previous track, begins with an unaccompanied guitar riff with cymbal chokes. Along with the solid groove and instrumental pause, this track utilized blast beat sections which added an “extreme” element. This track includes guitar hooks which make it a lot more memorable. The triplet section was very enjoyable, especially for individual who like additional heavy sections in this type of music. Following the triplet section, an unaccompanied bass part was utilized strategically for dynamic purposes. This allowed the track to resolve smoothly to a satisfying ending.
“Glamour Kills” begins with a slow and sludgy down-tuned guitar (possibly a 7-string). To a certain extent, it almost sounded like Djent. Unlike the previous tunes, “Glamour Kills” had more of an old school “hardcore” vibe with a deathcore influence. This is due to the slower tempo and shouting vocals. The clean vocals created more variety, dynamically and musically. The arrangements with the instrumental and vocal parts make this track unique among the hardcore and deathcore genres.
“Sick Inside” included a copious amount of chugged riffs. The vocals in this track were brutal. The vocalist intensity stood out. The listener can feel that the he was “sick inside.” Near the ending the vocalist does a spoken word followed by screams. This added a special dynamic which gave this track a unique “voice.”
The closing track “Worthless” was formatted much like “Sick Inside.” It utilized a lot of old school hardcore elements both instrumentally and vocally with a deathcore vibe. “Worthless” maintains the same energy throughout the album with the heavy vocals, breakdowns, instrumental pauses and roaring bass lines. This track is a great to mosh to.
Supreme Hate is an album which fans of “core” genres would absolutely enjoy. This album is heavy, intense, emotional, raw and dynamic. Every track on this album would make any metal fan “rock their faces off.” Personally, I would love to blast this album at a house party and mosh. Supreme Hate is unique among other deathcore albums due to the raw production. This allows the listener to connect with the intensity and emotion of the songs in an organic way. It is difficult to connect with the emotion of a record when it is “over-produced.” For those individuals who are seeking a new metal band to listen to, In the Act of Violence is highly recommended.
In the Act of Violence is currently touring across Ontario and Quebec. Supreme Hate is available on iTunes though Hotfoot Records (Based out of New York).