October 7, 2022

Hatriot – Vale of Shadows Review

Label: Massacre Records

Genre: Thrash Metal

EU Release Date: July 22, 2022

Line up:

Cody Souza – lead vocals, bass
Kosta Varvatakis – Lead Guitar
Kevin Paterson – Vocals, Guitar
Nick Souza – Drums

List of tracks:

Horns and halos
The hate inside
Powerful balance
verminous and vile 5
Clemency denied
The twenty-fifth hour
Only red remains
Mark of the Tyrant
valley of shadows
Murderous Tranquility
Anthem for the Wicked

A great advantage of youth is carelessness and the will to fulfill dreams. These points may apply to the Hatriot Group to some extent. The group is a family project in a way, especially if we remember the origins.

Hatriot started in 2010 and it is the Souza family that is very closely linked to Hatriot. Thrash metal veteran Steve Souza led the band for the first five years and the lineup also includes his two sons, Cody and Nick. Both seem to have been born into thrash metal, and even when their prominent father focused on Exodus in 2015, both boys remained loyal to Hatriot.

These days, the quartet is releasing its fourth album and, as on the previous one, Cody Souza contributes guitar and vocals. Considering all of this, it’s no surprise that Hatriot has taken on some of the sounds of Exodus and comes off as a younger version of the Bay Area pioneers. Although the band’s origins are in thrash metal, songs like “Verminous and Vile” show that the band’s influences are more widespread. Jangly vocals alternate with growls, giving the album’s sound a blackened edge. Also, the guys get wild and loud, which generally sounds good, but sometimes makes the band feel way ahead of themselves.

‘The Vale of Shadows’, the title track from the longplayer, is an energetic album that blends more traditional thrash metal with modern, blackened flavors. This creates an explosive mix that is enjoyable but sometimes also demands a lot from the listener.

Written by: Markus Wiedenmann

Ratings: (7/10)

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