Occult - _Violence and Hatred_
(Painkiller, 2001)
by: Alvin Wee (9 out of 10)
I must admit to having approached this two-tracker with some trepidation given my recent less-than-satisfactory experience with Painkiller signings, and wanting to retain my memories of Occult as a semi-legend way back when. Kicking off the single powerfully with the title track, Occult's latest incarnation completely erases all doubts with their brand of classic Dutch death. Heavily rhythmic and brimming with metallic energy, Occult sound fresher than ever before with a thrashy edge reminiscent of Vader, only far cleaner. If the first track hasn't broken your neck, the second will with its infectious, headbang-inducing riffage. The band flaunts its maturity and experience with ease, flitting back and forth comfortably between crushingly heavy riffs and scintillating flights of fancy, all the while maintaining their grip on the sheer energy coursing through the music. As if the brilliant music weren't enough, the playing surface of the CD comes laser etched with logos: it must be seen to be believed! Absolutely exciting stuff, and if the album is anywhere near this then we'll have a classic on our hands. Not sure if this is for sale, but ask.

Contact: painkiller@infonie.be

(article published 12/8/2001)

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