Once again, thanks to Seasons of Mist for sending this promo out so that we could talk about it a little. I was not sure what to expect from this Swedish Death Metal band as I had not heard of them before. I was actually quite shocked to find out that this was their seventh release. I am glad that I did hear about it now.
This is quite an interesting album to say the least. You have male and female lead vocals with this band. We have all heard that before, but some bands do it better than others. One of my favorite bands that craft male and female lead vocals together is Epica. Lacuna Coil is another interesting band as well, but I am not as much of a fan of theirs as I once was. The Project Hate MCMXCIX crafts some solid songs that may also put them into the subgenre of Melodic Death Metal or even Goth Metal in my opinion.
The album opens up with Iesus Nazarenus, Servus Mei, and I will tell you that this song is very nice. It is layered and complex with so much going on, but is never confusing in any way. You are hit with Ruby Roque’s vocals and you cannot help but admit that she has a great voice. JÃ¶rgen SandstrÃ¶m’s vocals are a perfect accompaniment to Roque’s beautiful vocal stylings. SandstrÃ¶m has the heavy, dark, gritty vocals that come in right at some perfect times to just make the songs more powerful. The second track, They Shall All Be Witnesses, is very riff-heavy. There are a few riffs in their that really make you take notice. This track also mixes in some various elements such as technical stylings, tempo changes and more male vocals. Coming in at 11:58 in length, this is actually not even the longest song on the album. My favorite track on the album right now is A Revelation Of Desecrated Heavens. This is another track that is riff-heavy with some very solid vocal melodies by both vocalists.
Overall, I was very happy to hear this release and know that I will be getting many more listens out of it. The musical craftmenship alone is well worth checking out this band. The solid vocals are just icing on the cake.
From the Label
THE PROJECT HATE MCMXCIX are back with their darkest work so far: “Bleeding The New Apocalypse (Cum Victriciis In Manibus Armis)”. These Swedish Death Metal masters gather sixty minutes of heavy brutality and blasphemous beauty. Their seventh album has been perfectly mixed and mastered at Unisound by legendary producer Dan SwanÃ¶ and includes guest performances by Leif Edling (CANDLEMASS), Mike Wead (KING DIAMOND), and Jocke Widfeldt (VICIOUS ART) among others. THE PROJECT HATE MCMXCIX was founded in 1998 by Lord K. Philipson (GOD AMONG INSECTS et. al.) and JÃ¶rgen SandstrÃ¶m (GRAVE, ENTOMBED et. al.). Their original debut “Deadmarch: Initiation of Blasphemy” was recorded in 1998 but only came out in the year 2009. This made “Cybersonic Superchrist” (2000) their first release. Produced by Dan SwanÃ¶ and adding female vocalist Mia StÃ¥hl to the line-up THE PROJECT HATE gained immediate recognition for their highly original sound. Their status grew with each following album: “When We Are Done, Your Flesh Will Be Ours” (2001), “Hate, Dominate, Congregate, Eliminate” (2003), “Armageddon March Eternal – Symphonies of Slit Wrists” (2005), “In Hora Mortis NostrÃ¦” (2007), and “The Lustrate Process” (2009). During this time the Swedes underwent several line-up changes, which now sees former WITCHBREED singer Ruby Roque adding clear female vocals and Tobben Gustafsson (VOMITORY) on drumming duty. Indulge in this epic masterpiece of razor sharp Swedish Death Metal with experimental and electronic elements and highly varied vocals.
1. Iesus Nazarenus, Servus Mei
2. They Shall All Be Witnesses
3. A Revelation Of Desecrated Heavens
4. Summoning Majestic War
5. The Serpent Crowning Ritual
6. Bring Forth Purgatory
JÃ¶rgen SandstrÃ¶m: vocals
Ruby Roque: vocals
Tobben Gustafsson: drums
Lord K. Philipson: guitars, bass, programming, keyboards, additional vocals
Release date February 14th, February 22nd in the US