"Ear Hunters" - September 5th, 2020 Edition

“Take heed! Another quartet of quarrelsome acts with new releases are on the hunt and seeking to possess the ears of new fans!”

· Gorgatron

Home: Fargo, North Dakota USA

Release: Pathogenic Automation

Date: August 28th, 2020 (Blood Blast Distribution)

Genre: Deathgrind

FFO: Carcass, Exhumed, Dying Fetus, Baring Teeth

The states of North and South Dakota haven’t exactly been major population centers in America for most of their existence. However, cities such as Sioux Falls, Rapid City (South Dakota), Minot, Bismarck, and Fargo (North Dakota) have all grown surely and steadily over the past few decades, and as a result, more and more acts seem to be springing from these rough and outdoorsy states. Bands like Angerot and Green Altar from South Dakota, and Ghost Bath, Frosthelm, Phobophilic, and the deathgrind collective known as Gorgatron out of North Dakota have begun to imbue these rugged lands with their own burgeoning metal identity.

Released August 28th, Gorgatron’s Pathogenic Automation is the third full-length to come from these Fargo-spawned maniacs. Formed in ’05, Gorgatron are like a massive atom smasher of technically sound death metal and classic, bloody grindcore; and seeing as they are no spring chickens in terms of experience together, either, the ensuing tunes upon Pathogenic Automation are as tight as a dolphin’s tooter, too. Therefore, if you’re at all into Carcass, Exhumed, or Dying Fetus, then this is album is not to be missed, full stop! Rating: 98 / 100 (A+)

· Psychosomatic

Home: Sacramento, California USA

Release: The Invisible Prison

Date: August 28th, 2020 (Nefarious Industries)

Genre: Classic Thrash/Crossover

FFO: Anthrax, D.R.I., Hirax, Power Trip

Sacramento’s Psychosomatic have been banging around and issuing release after release full of killer crossover thrash metal since way back in 1988, but since many of their California cohorts rode off into the sunset to large contracts, arena tours, and becoming household names, Psychosomatic have regrettably remained all too underground. Well, Hated One declares “no more!” Now a four piece of newer members combined with founding bassist and vocalist Jeff Salgado, Psychosomatic has issued its seventh official full-length album, The Invisible Prison, and honestly, its timing couldn’t be more perfect. With the recent and tragic passing of Power Trip’s Riley Gale (R.I.P.), there will certainly be many metalheads out there desperately searching for more modern crossover thrash to digest, and the twelve amazing cuts of Psychosomatic’s The Invisible Prison should more than fill the void. Seriously, this album fucking rips, so get it in your earholes now! Rating: 97 / 100 (A+)

· Svnth

Home: Rome, Italy EUR

Release: Spring in Blue

Date: August 28th, 2020 (Transcending Records)

Genre: Post-Black Metal/Shoegaze

FFO: Deafheaven, Alcest, Wolves in the Throne Room, L’Homme Absurde

Formerly known as Seventh Genocide (a post-reference to the 2004 book Century of Genocide by Totten/Parsons/Charny), Italy’s SVNTH have been morphing and evolving ever since 2006. Originally a DSBM act, SVNTH have espoused more of a post-black style upon their latest LP, Spring in Blue, the third full-length to be issued from this Roman quartet. Introspective, powerful, and suffused with ebbs and flows, Spring in Blue is a pleasing, if not lengthy, effort. Four of the six tracks clock in at longer than ten minutes (and two of those longer than thirteen), but while the dynamics of the tunes are fitting, some of the tracks can drag on a little. Still, not all of us are always in the mood for blasting, blaring metal all of the time, so if you’re on the hunt for a new album that’s got gobs of maturity and oodles of peaks and valleys, then SVNTH’s Spring in Blue is the album for you. Rating: 84 / 100 (B)

· Idolatria

Home: Pordenone, Italy EUR

Release: Tetrabestiarchy

Date: September 4th, 2020 (Signal Rex)

Genre: Black Metal

FFO: Mayhem, Watain, Suffering Hour, Theotoxin

Taking their time to craft an album worthy of praise and adulation, Idolatria may not exactly be “new” to their hometown scene in Pordenone, Italy, but taking five years to write and record your sophomore effort can have that effect of making an act seem newer than they really are. Still, if all bands that took five years to write an album put out one as solid as Tetrabestiarchy, then maybe the industry would be in a better spot overall. Using dissonance like the brush of an accomplished painter, Idolatria take darkness and chaos to new melodic levels upon Tetrabestiarchy, the haunting new offering to come from these Italian black metallers. Raw but refined, bestial but beguiling, Idolatria’s Tetrabestiarchy is straight hypnotic fire of the blackest black that is sure to drag this hitherto obscure act into the spotlight. Great shit. Rating: 92 / 100 (A-)

That does it for this edition of Hated One’s “Ear Hunters”! Thank you so much for reading, listening, and supporting any or all the acts featured here today. Your support means the world to us all, bands and journalists alike. Stay metal! \m/


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