I’m diving right in because I can’t contain myself. I can’t even begin to tell you how many “HOLY SHIT” moments are on this album. From start to finish, it’s a primal onslaught of brutality and relentless suffering. To call this a death metal album kind of undersells it. To this listener, United By Hate’s self titled album is a murderous rampage. Call the cops, Pittsburgh, because your boys are killing it in your scene right now.
The horrific 30 minute long vision of pain, death and gore this album produces is largely due to new(er) vocalist, Ben Marmarosa. You just can’t get any better than this guy’s range and style for this genre of metal. Pittsburgh produces a lot of great metal, but for this style of screaming (gutturals, shrill highs, the works), I don’t think he has a match. But of course, he’s backed by some top notch instrumentalists.
United By Hate are:
Ben Marmarosa – Vocals
Jeff Young – Bass
Joe Mcelhaney – Guitars
Cory Torcasi – Drums
How to put this mildly? If you’re a fan of Aborted, Dying Fetus, Cannibal Corpse, Deicide, or literally any major, reputable death metal band, past or present, it’s impossible for you to not enjoy UBH’s discography. However, there is a part of me that thinks they have a little “too much mosh” for some death metal fans. Regardless, their “groove” sections seem ideally placed to me. Speaking from a fan’s point of view, I can’t get into metal without any tempo changes, or at the very least, changes in vibe throughout songs and albums. For me, diversity within one’s genre is key and UBH does that perfectly with their own brand of death metal.
As for their latest album, their self-titled intro track comes in nice and eerily with some clean guitar, but is instantly replaced by a foreboding and classic distorted call to arms. Gutturals accompany chugging guitars, which bleed seamlessly into the first full song, “Vices”. Like most of the 9 tracks on this release, “Vices” comes action packed with crazy transitions, insanely fast blasting on the drums, chopped up groove sections, a solid vocal range covering all registers and just plain heavy headbanging goodness.
My favorite on the album is undoubtedly, “Ugly God”. UBH released that song a few months back as a teaser for this album, so I’m a little partial to it. All this means is that I need to give these other tracks a few more listens. It’s also no coincidence that “Ugly God” is the longest track on the album at just 4 1/2 minutes. If anything, I’d say UBH needs to write a few longer songs in the 4-5 minute range to really flesh out some parts that really hit hard and sometimes end too abruptly.
To each their own.
Picking apart each song for this album seems kind of redundant, since (while they each have their own special qualities), they all seem to follow suit with one another. UBH knows what they want to get out of their sound and they nail it every time.