1) Title: Paint My Fear
Release date: November 18th 2011
2) Title: Unbroken
Release date: February 15th 2012
Label: Noisehead Records / Twilight
Distribution: Twilight Distribution / Gordon Music
The review on HateskoR’s album Paint My Fear was posted on the site on February 10th earlier this year, but I’ll spare you the search:
1) Alex Eskorza might be best known from his live collaboration with (legendary) Spanish Speed Metal formation Muro, or as guitar player during the final years of Heavy Metal act Crienium’s existence. He was involved with some other projects as well, yet recently he decided to concentrate on one single project: HateskoR. Main goal was to express his ‘love’ for the Finnish scene.
With assistance of a few same-minded Spanish colleagues (including members of Egraine and Silverfist), Alex, who also did the engineering of the album himself, entered the Local 18 Studio (in their home country), but the mix has been done in Finland (Tainted Studio by Jarkko Mattheiszen), and the mastering in the Jou-we’zeej (you know, forty eight of fifty states at the southern part of North America): Safe House Productions (Lazarus A.D., Success Will Write Apocalypse Across The Sky), with, hehehe, James Murphy! And shortly after the recording sessions, HateskoR signed to Austrian label Noisehead Records.
Paint My Fear indeed pays tribute to the melodic Extreme Metal scene from Finland, if you like it or not (I actually do not in general), but it is done for sure with persuasion! It comes with all elements that characterise acts like Wintersun, Children Of Bodom, Catamenia, Norther or Throne Of Chaos: melodic yet fast and intense rhythms, fiery leads (the so-called virtuosic kind), thrashy grunts and some gurgling screams, lots of synths, yet also the irritating predictability and childish catchiness that aren’t that unusual when talking about this specific metallic direction. I need to praise the powerful drive, because it differs from most related mistakes by not being overwhelmed with semi-romantic nonsense-parts; this recording, on the contrary, stands for forty nine minutes of energy and punch. And even though I personally am not a ‘fan’ of this Finnish approach at all, I need to say that this Spanish band beats most truly Suomian formations easily in both song writing and actual performance.
2) Unbroken not really preludes a new chapter in this band’s existence. The downloadable song goes on in the vein of last year’s full length, or did you expect something else? Unbroken brings the kind of Melo-Death Finland is known for. The Finnish scene is the main inspiration for Alex Skorza and his apostles, and it goes for all details: the instruments (rhythmic guitar lines, epic-melodic leads, sharp-edged virtuoso solos, rhythmic background guitar lines, progressive and atmospheric keyboards, energetic drum patterns and pounding basses) and vocals (somewhat guttural), the tempo (from mid-paced to grooving fast), the atmosphere, the variety and the sound (solid, modern and catchy).
No score for a four-minute one-song release…