Best viewed without Internet Explorer, in x resolution or higher. Swedish duo Desultor deal in such a balanced contrast of extremes that you have to wonder why a lot more bands haven't tried it, and Masters of Hate is the sort of debut which should rocket them into the radars of many modern enthusiasts.
Formed in and drawn from members of lesser known acts like Auberon and Machinery, they write in a hybrid of aggressive death and thrash metal, but use a clean and charismatic style of vocals that would take you instantly unawares had you To Each His Own - Bob Crosby - Cest Si Bon had prior warning. Markus Joha, who is also the guitarist, has a timbre somewhere between Bruce Hall late of Agent SteelUrban Breed of Tad Morose and a few shreds of Warrel Dane's haunting psychosis, sans the screaming.
Desultor are more about blowing you over with these brazen, textured floods of chords and tremolo picked guitars over tight and muscular drumming that very often accelerates into a pure blast beat. It's this extremity Masters Of Hate - Desultor - Masters Of Hate will be sure to win over the younger crowds, since Masters of Hate almost never lets up with regards to its sheer force. There are segments of more progressive, melodic and slower guitars embedded in a number of the tracks like "Black Monday" and "The Luxury of Pain"usually surrounding the fulfilling lead sequences, but for most of the 34 minutes they La Flor De La Canela - Los Amigos Del Amambay - Music From South America (Carnavalito) content with tearing us a new Masters Of Hate - Desultor - Masters Of Hateand they do so with a mechanical precision that is frightening.
About the only thing here that doesn't really stand out much is the bass, which is contributed by a guest musician; but not because you can't hear it barreling along in the mix, it's just impossible to consciously register it next to the vocals, drumming and corpulent guitar tone.
The band is not afraid to incorporate more aggressive snarls and sneers where it suits the music, from a rasp to a more gruff tone, but these points never feel quite so distinctive as Joha's memorable, unique chorus patterns in tracks Masters Of Hate - Desultor - Masters Of Hate "Division Insane" or the crazy "Caged".
As I hinted, the leads here are quite well written, never unique or innovative but sure to sate fans of Jeff Loomis, Dave Mustaine or other comparable axe luminaries.
Yet it's the rhythm guitar that really exacts the most emotional damage, from the insane matrix of tremolo hammering to the brighter spikes of clinical thrash that pepper "Denies", which is perhaps my favorite single track here. All told, Masters of Hate is one of those albums capable of playing to a broad audience.
Those into faster, modern power or thrash metal which sounds as if it escaped the 80s, the more aggressive melodeath acts out of Scandinavia Darkane, etchell even people into the rather generic 'extreme' mutations you hear in the gimmick band Dethklok will appreciated the music if not the vocals. But don't mistake Desultor for some shallow, emerging trend.
They know just how to rein in their skills and keep control of their compositions. None of these explode past the 5 minute limit, and most are held to a respectable minutes of ass kicking with few if any arbitrary indulgences.
I found that it lost a layer or two of shine after a half dozen listens or so, the lyrics I've seen were rather bland, and I wouldn't brand a number of tracks unforgettable.
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