Broken Hope - _Loathing_
(Metal Blade, 1997)
by: Adrian Bromley (
Unlike their last record, _Hope_ (which I did not like much), I found myself getting into the grindcore/death grooves of _Loathing_. There seems to be more of a collective feel of strength and attention put towards a lot of the song structures. Musically, the band has evolved somewhat into a more dominant sound with _Loathing_, but still not enough to separate them from the pack of other bands within their genre. One thing the record has going for it is the continuous onslaught of rampaging riffs and growls; the intensity almost never ceases from start to finish and singer Joe Ptacek slaps on some seriously brutal growls. Intense to say the least. The album lacks substance and creativity in some places, but overall the record makes a hard dent into our foreheads.
(article published 4/9/1997)
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