Hath are a death metal band from New Jersey and have released their debut full-length from Willowtip Records entitled Of Rot And Ruin. Musically, these musicians incorporate blackened death metal, old school and some monolithic slabs of black metal in between the compositions. Musically speaking, think of early Emperor, At The Gates, and Bloodbath but more of a unconscious, contemporary and modern day style of extreme music.
This record demonstrates knowledge, craftsmanship, progression and deliberating decisions to showcase the band’s very best abilities to find their sound upon hearing this album. From the intensity of drum work, meaty guitar hooks, thundering bass tones and moodily melodic lines within the production, this album does a great job keeping the instrumentals on par without any sort of fading away. There’s a moment when I hear the song To Atone where I sense bit of Cattle Decapitation meets Nevermore with hints of old Opeth as their own signatures bring out a stamp easily manages to paint themselves into a creative, and artistic album for many generations to come.
Hath do a fine damn job putting out some impressive intensity, distinctive deliveries, and have successfully completed to recapture the electrifying energy and songwriting is just out of this world. If you love your death metal melodic, blackened, progressive and technical then you’ll love New Jersey’s Hath with 2019’s Of Rot And Ruin. Keep an eye out for these young musicians as they’re making a genre drenched with originality and creativity.
Overall Score: 8.5/10
Review by Jake Butler