Let me start off by saying that this is simply an phenomenal album full of seething aggression!
What I think I dig most about this album is Hot Graves' full-on "in yer face" style; I mean, I am hearing everything from crust punk, thrash, hardcore, doom / black metal rolled up into a volatile mixture of expressive purity.
This album is not for the weak, it drives harder and harder with each successive track; exploding from "Dirthrash" and leaving you gasping for air with the last note of the final song "Desecration Time" and tracks like "Blood Eruption", "Rotted" and "F.O.A.D." run the gamut of what these dudes have to offer, they are throwing everything they got at ya at once; blazingly fast and without mercy.
The intricacy of their playing is nothing short of astounding, there is no repetitiveness and each song masterfully throws you a curve. You see, this is where, dare I say, their genius becomes apparent; where some bands might want to change things up midway through a track only to end up choking by utterly missing the timing...Hot Graves doesn't. The ability to flow from hypersonic d-beat psychosis onto solid metal precision, then into a growling, doom-like tempo and back again with perfect accuracy has left me here sitting in my chair stunned with my jaw agape.
There are quite a few bands that I've listened to this year who try to play a similar style but just come across as ridiculous b.s. without musicianship of any sort; Hot Graves brings forth an authenticity and talent which cannot, nor will not be, denied!
All in all this whole album will leave you laid out on the floor as if you've just been punched by the brass knuckles of its sheer ferociousness. And in this gig, that's a good thing!
Hell, if you don't believe me, have a listen to it now!