Gnostic - _Hatewar 666_
(Infernus Rex, 2006)
by: Jackie Smit (5 out of 10)
You can imagine that with such choice tirades as "We live in the necro realm and do not fucking care about critical ass-licking crackwhore faggots that are too 'broad-minded' to enjoy trench war chaos" plastered across most of their CD inlay, Gnostic may have something of an uphill journey ahead of them if they want people to take them seriously. Then again, such harebrained rants are nothing new when it comes to black metal, and given the right level of musical virtue from the band, can sometimes even be ironically endearing. While one wouldn't go as far as to say that _Hatewar 666_ is destined to elicit that sort of response from a lot of people, it is by turns oddly entertaining, despite sounding as though it were recorded on a dictaphone at the best of times.

Chronicling the band's work across a number of unreleased efforts over the last decade, _Hatewar 666_ is consistently reminiscent of the carpet-bombing approach taken by _Panzer Division Marduk_. At times this delivers quality in spades, most notably so on "Realms of Apollyon" and "Hail to Fire". Elsewhere, tracks like the hilariously contrived "Riddle of the Nightwatchman" all too easily expose the chinks in the goat-worshippers' armor, and even with a timeline spanning almost a decade, _Hatewar 666_ is just too repetitive and uninspiring to leave any kind of lasting impact.


(article published 29/1/2006)

5/27/2004 Q Kalis 7.5 Gnostic - Evoking the Demon
1/29/2006 T DePalma 3.5 Gnostic - Splinters of Change
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