Who let the Danes out?
Another of those bands that blur the lines of thrash and death metal are Danish quintet Hatesphere. The somewhat subtle opening track The Beginning And The End doesn't really prepare the listener for the aural assault that unleashes when Deathtrip starts. From here on in, the intensity and aggression continues for the next 45 minutes. It's unforgiving and brutal with a good mix of fast and mid paced passages that give each song its own character. The vocals spit venom regardless of them being a death growl or scream and at no time are they out of place with the chaos that backs them up.
Whilst each of the ten original tracks on this release are nothing short of great, the two closing tracks, both of which are covers, truly allow this band to shine and show what they are capable of. Starting with a unique cover of the Ozzy Osbourne track Bark At The Moon, this quintet show how they can take a classic song and make it their own. The disc finishes off with a faster-than-the-original rendition of Anthrax's Caught In A Mosh. This is a whirlwind paced effort from start to finish!