Product of Hate - Buried in ViolenceI’d like to preface this whole discussion with the fact that the sole impetus for this review arrived via Angry Metal Guy‘s unfortunate observation that Product of Hate hail from my own hometown of Kenosha, Wisconsin. Kenosha (derived from the Potowatomi name gnozhé meaning “place of the pike”1) is a somewhat large city abutted against lake Michigan and the Illinois border which currently—as is the case with so many other Midwestern cities and towns—finds itself in the later stages of post-industrial soul-searching. After the departure of manufacturing from a city that used to be second to Detroit in automobile manufacture, it’s been through some rough times. It was a great, if uninteresting, place to grow up, however. Some of its public schools were pretty good when I went to them, it has a nice lakefront and a few quite good, if small, museums. Suffice it to say, the town inspires very little in people, which brings us to this album.

The most difficult part of this reviewing game are the albums so pedestrian, so utterly devoid of character that writing about them is nearly impossible. Upon listening to Buried in Violence, a black butt of despondency gathered over me, and my thesaurus quaked with excitement as I reached towards it, opened it, and leafed about in search of any possible way to express the album’s nature other than the one you’re about to read. Alas, Roget could see only so far into the future, and my search was fruitless. Product of Hate sound like Lamb of God, but worse.

That’s not to say that Lamb of God are a terrible band; I certainly don’t revisit their music often, or ever, really, and I haven’t listened to their latest album Sturm und Pretense or whatever it’s called. But I graced the streets of Kenosha with their music at soccer-mom-approved volumes quite a few times in my youth and they really did have a lot going for them at that point. The band was tight, they had a fun, if superficial Middle Eastern influence on their leads, and Randy Blythe has a very distinctive voice and wrote decent politically charged lyrics. Product of Hate lacks almost all of this, but most sorely felt is the impact of the band’s god-awful lyrics.

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Whereas “Redneck” was a believable anthem of aggression, made even more enjoyable by the fact that it was a fan favorite focused on force-feeding Blythe some humble pie, Buried in Violence’s songs fall flat on their faces attempting to ape that angst. Atop cookie-cutter backing riffs, Adam Gilley’s Blythe impression roars on and on about hating you (“Nemesis,” “Unholy Manipulator”), killing you (“Kill.You.Now.,” “Annihilation,” “Monster”), dominating you (“As Your Kingdom Falls,” “Blood Coated Concrete,”), watching your kingdom fall (“As Your Kingdom Falls,” “Unholy Manipulator”), etc., for about 40 goddamn minutes. So far as I can make out, the majority of these songs were written specifically to back WWE entrances and inspired only by that most pure and petty form of hatred that can only form between an employee and their asshole boss. As far as the instrumentals go, they’re spectacular in that I truly believe that each member of this band spent their entire life prior to the release of this album in a tiny room listening to Lamb of God. With the exception of the Shadows Fall-ish “Revolution of Destruction,” every single riff and every single lead are Morton & Adler throwaways. I honestly think that Napalm Records kidnapped these men as babies and has hidden them away at some radio-metal black site to spend the entirety of their existence producing sweet groove metal secretions like a domesticated aphid.

As if to prove that this band was custom-injection molded for Ozzfest, Buried in Violence concludes with a cover of “Perry Mason,” which I only recognized as a cover because its lyrics are juvenile in a different way than those of the rest of the album. I’m honestly surprised and quite disappointed that the band chose to cover a song that isn’t on Sacrament, but that would have only accentuated just how far short of the mark their own music is.

The hometown advantage does not exist for Kronos; this album is boring, derivative, and bad. I don’t like it and there is a strong chance that neither will you. If you do like it, please note that there is another band, called Lamb of God, that you should like instead of this band.


Rating: 1.5/5.0
DR: 5 | Format Reviewed: 192 kbps mp3
Label: Napalm Records
Websites: productofhate.bandcamp.com | facebook.com/productofhate
Releases Worldwide: February 5th, 2016

 

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  • pfk505

    Great review, which begs the question as to where the 1.5 came from?

    • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

      The 1.5 is for the album, not for the review itself ;)

  • Pedro Morini Mietto

    It’s very unsettling to read this site with Abbath’s staring at me. I’m a shy person.

    Anyway, good review! (although I didn’t have the balls to read through the entire thing…..Abbbath scared me away).

  • Diabolus_in_Muzaka

    “Sturm and Pretense”. 11/10. Never change, Kronos. May Herr Blythe’s Instagram posts longer than fucking Ulysses always inspire this brand of scathing hatred for shitty music.

    • I really don’t get all the LoG hate. I just don’t get it. I am by no means a fan of the band by any stretch of the imagination (the last one was fine) but they are a harmless institution at best if you ask me.

      • Diabolus_in_Muzaka

        I’ll fully admit to enjoying Sacrament because it was fun Pantera-core, but by and large their stuff is just kinda boring to me. Plus, the arbitrary artsy German title of the last one was like those people who go to Spain and then say all the city/food/people names in a put-on Spanish accent to sound all cultured or something.

        • Well…I think the same case can be made for most of the death and black metal stuff we like. I mean it could have been a lot worse…they could have spelled it “STVRM.”

          • Diabolus_in_Muzaka

            Oh absolutely. I think MGLA’s lyrics on Exercises in Futility were pretentious as all get-out and I enjoyed that record. LoG completely torpedoed whatever “let’s be all serious and artsy” cred/possibilities they had with Sacrament IMO, and after a cool and hugely well-known tune revolving around a chorus of “this is a motherfuckin’ invitation” it’s just really hard to take the German art movement pretension seriously. Good point about the spelling though, I for one am very glad they didn’t get THV WRVTH VCCVRD OV 2015 memo!

  • Irineu Carvalho

    Oh my, as if the original Lamb of God were not bad enough.

  • Jonny

    Bassist’s playing is ridiculous

  • Luke_22

    Great review of what sounds like a truly shitty listening experience.

  • Scourge

    Ugh. My IQ dropped 20 points after watching the embedded video. At least it’s aptly named. I hate this product.

  • Vice-President of Hell

    listen chorus in embedded track. did ever Blythe sang like this? never

  • AlphaBetaFoxface

    If the band photo says anything about the band, it’s that only one guy was actually interested in making the album. It definitely sounds like it anyway. And i’d assume he is the one who listened to a lot of this ‘Lamb of God’ you speak of.

  • William Hebblewhite

    That fucking Band photo.

  • Ghiklnos

    Literally the most interesting thing I saw or heard in the embedded track was that they have a left handed guitarist.

  • Carlos Marrickvillian

    When I got to the bottom of the review I was expecting ’embarrassing’. Tough but honest. Love your work Kronos!

  • Asral

    “I honestly think that Napalm Records kidnapped these men as babies and
    has hidden them away at some radio-metal black site to spend the
    entirety of their existence producing sweet groove metal secretions like
    a domesticated aphid.”

    So you’re saying that they are a product of Napalm Records hate (towards originality presumably)?

  • One More Thing

    Devastating review. Loved it. I’ve personally enjoyed everything LoG has done up through Resolution. The new album sucked. Now, while the songwriting from their Ashes of the Wake days is long lost, I still enjoy blasting albums like Wrath and Sacrament in the car on a nice day.

    Getting back on topic, the name of the band is bad but not nearly as bad as the artwork. Once I saw that you were reviewing this, I patiently read and watched as the verbal fire spread. I enjoyed it (the review, not the music).

  • Ah, another AOTY contender for Kronos.

  • Full disclosure: I have never listened to Lamb of God.

    • Kronos

      I wouldn’t recommend against it, but I don’t think there’s a huge reason for you to do so.

    • Reese Burns

      If you ever happen to check them out, go with their older stuff for sure. They really began to stagnate as they got older.

    • Martin Knap

      while you’re at checking out LoG check out Mudvayne too for a good measure.

  • Martin Knap

    H8 is Gr8.

  • Guillotine of Papal Crowns

    “The most difficult part of this reviewing game are the albums so pedestrian, so utterly devoid of character that writing about them is nearly impossible.”
    Words of wisdom right here, my fellow metal friends.

    • It’s one reason why I don’t write reviews regularly anymore.

  • Mr T

    Holy fuck. That is a boring ass name. I’m not even gonna give it a spin.

  • DrChocolate

    Wait… This was released this year!? If I had not read the review and just played the song, I swear this could’ve been some aborted start to an “00’s Metal Weirdness” feature. Limp tough guy lyrics, check. Unnecessary breakdown, check. Ill advised mohawk, check.

    Look, if it’s 2016 and you’re cribbing lyrics from Stuck Mojo songs (all high school nostalgia aside for me) you might want to rethink your whole process.

    • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

      Stuck Mojo… that’s probably the first time Century Media chased a trend. They should have learnt from the fact that while chasing the trend they never got anywhere close to it.

  • Jeremy Freeman

    Pretty bad ass to me, I played for the Band Byzantine, and people still call them Lamb Of God clones. As well as Meshuggah etc. Fuck people, every band is going to sound like another, or influenced by, I mean really? They also resemble Pantera, is this a bad thing? WTF ever. ):

    • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

      My guess is that any band that resembles Lamb Of God will resemble Pantera by default, because Lamb Of God itself resembles Pantera to some extent.

      • Jeremy Freeman

        Yeah good point, same with bands who sound like Sabbath, Metallica, Slayer and Testament, and there are many.

        • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

          Hell, I can even remember reading more than one review accusing Testament of copying Metallica…

  • Gaia

    Finally, enough scotch in me to bite.

    I waste enough time looking for good music. To what benefit is it for anyone to produce a review kicking a record which almost noone would hear otherwise? I understand when there’s a need, like checking the hypetrain – is a record really all that? Yet, when it’s a record we (the readership) would surely never have known if not for this review, sunk in parsimony, isn’t your time worth reviewing something you think is creditable? Oh, it’s a local band, well then, I should probably list 20 shit bands from my hometown you shouldn’t check out.

    • Kronos

      We try to cover as much ground as we can here, and that naturally means we cover a ton of music that we don’t like. Rather than just ignore it, we review it. Why? Well I can’t speak for all of the writers here, but I feel that it builds or readership and the trust between us and our readership, by showing that we don’t like everything that we hear, and that means that when I recommend something, I’m doing it because I really like it, because I’ve already told you what I don’t like. I know a lot of people are generally suspicious of reviewers because it’s easy to see how we could be feigning independence.
      Furthermore, there are tons of people that read this website; we can’t guess that they won’t hear of this band and want to read a review about them. Even then, plenty of people will come here and discover this band and maybe a few of them will like it.
      Angry Metal Guy has written a post on this exact topic. http://www.angrymetalguy.com/angry-metal-guy-speaks-on-negativity/

      • Gaia

        Apologies for this late reply.

        Under these circumstances then, you are spending your time reviewing something you don’t like instead of something you do like. On the guarantee that there are things out there you’d prefer to be giving the light of day, however it’s your feeling that preserving your reviewing integrity is best served by disparaging which you don’t enjoy? In this case then, it feels like insurance for a narcissistic millennial, worried about their byline. An online readership coagulates around an active community and good content. If the music you are recommending is good I’ll keep coming back. Backwater weeds care about your byline’s integrity.

        Sure, anybody could like anything.

        I don’t like this traditional Greek music record, but here’s a Qawwali one I dig.

        vs.

        I dig this Qawwali record.

        Is that really added value?

        I remember reading AMG’s article, he should have started with this question: ‘why should I trust a reviewer who only ever says nice things about the music they review?’ Of course, he had to allow space for the regular idiots, but this is a far more interesting question to answer. I’ll tentatively begin. Because it doesn’t matter who the fuck you are, the most important thing is the website itself. He states the ROTM posts are the biggest hitters, why? Because the website has spoken, not the individuals. It’s a filter of the monthly schlock. Bring the rest of the content in line with those kind of posts i.e. celebrating GOOD music with decent writing, and the views will follow suit.

        Who comes here in search of bad music?

        p.s. lol at AMG thinking anyone is surprised he’s a fan of power metal AND European progressive metal re: Anubis Gate. Yeah, like they don’t come hand in hand.

        • Kronos

          Again, I understand your complaint, but the bottom line is that sturgeon’s law is always in effect. If I get promo, I’m expected to review it by the higher ups, and if we get promo from a band it’s because somebody wanted us to post about it. If that music happens to be terrible, that’s something that the distributor is prepared to deal with.
          And again, I didn’t go out of my way to get terrible music to review. We review many releases from napalm records and this was not a band I had ever heard of before the review. We will never review a bad record that we don’t get promo for, and this is no different.

        • Jukka Alanen

          Just out of curiosity, where exactly would you draw the line between reviewing and not reviewing a record? At 1.5? At 2.0? What about if after first listen you think a record is a 3.0 and then with multiple listens it starts to stagnate and ends up at a 1.5. At which point do you make the decision to write or not to write a review?

  • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

    So Kronos, you grew up in that place where mutants are enslaved? Oh wait, that’s Genosha, not Kenosha…

    • Kelly Starks

      Rumor has it that the X-Men creators had some troubles with politicians or something in Kenosha Wisconsin, they named the mutant hating nation island nation Genosha out of revenge.

      • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

        Politicians can never get the upper hand on artists.

  • 12tonehead

    Great review, but I don’t agree with the LOG clone thing, these guys don’t even get close, what they do is a terrible mix of brootal and melodik, check the awful choruses that exemplify how much metal has been bastardized beyond belief by those moronic “commercial imperatives”. Yes, that’s it, you’ve got it: harmless sugar-coated pop buried in violence… Another poseur variety, only even more laughable…