Published Jul 17, 2018Montreal's Depths of Hatred offer a healthy dose of grinding riffs, crushing breakdowns and razor-sharp technicality on their debut release, Bloodguilt. The tech death act may be new on the scene — at least this iteration with vocalist Nico Monette — but their first EP for Prosthetic Records is a prime release to get them started on the right path.
Tracks such as "An Infidel's Dissent" and "The Nail Remains" are chock-full of pulverizing speed and melodic technicality layered with gut-churning guttural vocals and high-pitched shrieks. The band's selective use of clean guitars and piano on songs such as "Throes of Desperation" and closing song "Bloodguilt" combined with melodic death metal riffs, in the vein of acts such as the Black Dahlia Murder and At the Gates, show they aren't looking to be a one-trick pony.
Bloodguilt is a well-paced EP that does exactly what a good reinvention should do — leave you satisfied, but looking for more. Depths of Hatred show promise as an emerging technical death metal act and will surely impress many when the time comes to release a full-length album. (Prosthetic)