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Infernal Depths of Hatred

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Released When You Are Dead
  2. Let the Heavens Hate
  3. Under Azure Skies
  4. Vast Lands/Infernal Gates
  5. Slain Upon His Altar
  6. Those Who Lick the Wounds of Christ
  7. Dethrone the Hypocrites
  8. Aim Not at the Kingdom High

Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 14, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 1988
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Renegade / DNA
  • ASIN: B00005LMPN
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #998,170 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By RxxktheVote on October 9, 2002
Format: Audio CD
When all else in the extreme metal world has been said and done, when every band is simply a Morbid Angel or Internal Bleeding jr., when the slew of gothenburg clones seems never ending, here comes Anata with one of the finest death metal albums in recent history. Sadly, "The Infernal Depths of Hatred" will be overlooked by most metalheads, but hopefully someone will stumble across this review and give them a spin
Anata play a style that is undeniably death metal in nature, but completely unlike any other band's style and thoroughly unique. They use melody, but avoid cliche'd In Flames harmonies, opting for beautiful yet crushing twin guitar leads that are as catchy as they are complex. Ah, yes, another factor in Anata's sound: they write memorable riffs. Despite being more brutal than a truck full of fetuses colliding with a giant razorblade, Anata's songs stick to you. There is no filler... each track holds it's own.
The vocals are growled and there are no pitiful attempts at clean singing. Another awesome trait is the basswork... simply stunning bass interludes that are hypnotically melodic. Instead of following the guitars, Anata's bassist strays into his own territory while still complimenting the music.
I could go on like this for a few pages worth of text, but hey, don't believe me... check this incredible band out for yourself. 5 pentagrams of doom
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By United Abominations on May 11, 2008
Format: Audio CD

Anata have quickly become my favorite band. They are the defying hand in the face of the critics of my favorite metal genre-technical/progressive death metal, and have quickly become pioneers of the modern tech-death scene along with bands like Necrophagist, Psycroptic, and Spawn of Possession. Their first album, the Infernal Depths of Hatred, is actually a bit different in style than what would come after it. The band started off describing themselves as "Morbid Angel meets At The Gates", and while I can't say that the albums after this follow that style, this one does, as it blends Morbid Angel's brutal fury with early ATG's dark melody. While every album after this would have them playing technical death metal with a bit of melody, this album is more of a melodic death metal album with a technical edge. By melodic death, though, I'm not talking about In Flames, Dark Tranquility, Arch Enemy, and bands like that. I'm talking about melodic death metal that's predominately death metal. While the melodic elements are toned down some in favor of more technicality, brutality, and prog elements on subsequent releases, this is easily Anata's most melodic and experimental album. As far as vocals go, while vocalist/guitarist Fredrik Schalin's unique growls still runs the show here, this album has more vocal presence from guitarist/backing vocalist Andreas Allenmark than any of their other albums. While his vocals are toned down on the rest of their albums, he seems more like a second singer on this album, intertwining his screams with Fredrik's ferocious growls. The guitarwork is my favorite aspect of Anata's sound, and their debut show them forming their signature sound.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Brian Williams on July 28, 2005
Format: Audio CD
First of all, let me elaborate on the term "melodic death metal". I do not mean "Gothenburg" bands, but more accurately, Death Metal that contains some melody. Now that we've got that out of the way...

Anata is one of those rare bands that hasn't yet written a bad song. While most people are only familiar with their third album, "Under A Stone With No Inscription", I'm here to tell you that this album is every bit as worthy of praise.

"Released When You Are Dead" opens the album in a deceptive manner, as it is easily the most brutal song on the album. It is still quality though, with a massive slow riff in the middle. From here the songs become more melodic, with vocalist/guitarist/main man Fredrik Shalin alternating between growled and screamed vocals.

The third song, "Under Azure Skies", deserves a paragraph of its own. This, my friends, is one of the best metal songs I've ever heard, period. Battery. Angel Of Death. Davidian. Heartwork. Blinded By Fear. Under Azure Skies. It deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as these classics. Beginning with slow, chugging riffs, it is after the first verse that it kicks into high gear, harmonies running rampant. But then the song breaks down into a bass-led melody, with Schalin at first almost speaking the lyrics, then screaming over the soft music. I'm butchering the description, but it's really a powerful piece. The song picks up again with more heart-wrenching harmonies, screams and pounding drums. Simply godly.

I could go on and on about this wonderful album, but I won't. Instead, I'll just leave you to check out some of the music, and then maybe you'll buy it. Recommended like a rest after a hard day's work.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Honey Badger on June 28, 2012
Format: MP3 Music
The one thing that kept me from a one star was the song, 'Under Azure Skies'. The rest of the recording is lacking in creativity. At least there wasn't a heavy use of keyboards to add to the initial insult.
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