Dreadful Fate – Vengeance
No connoisseur of vintage sounding speed/thrash/death metal madness could by now have missed the demo (and later also as a 12″ EP) “Sins of Sodom”, from Sweden’s latest bullet belt super-group Dreadful Fate. With members that play or have played in Merciless, Hypnosia, Interment, In Aeternum and Nominon, among others, you got what you expected in the form of two original tracks of raw, uncompromising speed and fury together with an excellent cover version of Kreator’s “Tormentor”.
Now, about a year later, it’s time for a full length album. The running time of just under 26 minutes might seem a bit short for an album, but in this case it feels just right and it’s not often that a full album on vinyl spin at 45 RPM(!). After all, the masterpiece “The Awakening” by Merciless is merely one minute longer, so short albums definitely can work. The shortness also leaves you with a positive feeling of wanting to hear more, but at the same time not really being sure if you could handle it or not. Because this album takes no prisoners. It’s relentless and fast, fierce and harsh. These guys sure have captured that feeling you get when listening to the early stuff of old heroes like Sodom, Destruction, Kreator and Morbid Saint, both sound-wise and in the song writing style.
Because of the vocals, which are top notch, it’s also easy to draw resemblances to Hypnosia and Merciless, just in a more 1980’s setting. What I feel that I don’t really get though is the same high quality of riffs and hooks as I do with the aforementioned acts. Even if they’re all good, none of the songs really stand out as potential live favorites or mix tape (these days I guess rather playlist) musts, besides possibly Unholy Lust that was also on the demo. The album races on at full speed with only a few Celtic Frost-like passages that adds some heaviness to the rampage, which is great if you’re in the mood for speed but also leaves the album being a bit of a one trick pony.
If you’re in the mood for speedy thrash this album is a sturdy choice, you’ll get lots of speed and hatred for your buck. And even if it may not be a future classic in the vein of Obsessed by Cruelty, or even Extreme Hatred, it’s still a nice tribute to the heroes of old and a promising start to a, hopefully, lasting career of a not-so-young-but-oh-so-great band. Just wish they would play somewhere and when I would be able to go, because I imagine this being a 10 out of 10 live act.
Artist: Dreadful Fate
Label: I Hate/To The Death Records
Date of release: 2018-06-15
Playing time: 25,53
Stand out track: Possibly Unholy Lust, but this is a pretty even flow of hatred.