The Holy Hater - The Sinner - Album Review & Interview - Melodic Death Metal from Tehuacán, Puebla, Mexico

The Holy Hater - The Sinner - Album Review & Interview - Melodic Death Metal from Tehuacán, Puebla, Mexico
The Holy Hater - The Sinner - Album Review & Interview - Melodic Death Metal from Tehuacán, Puebla, Mexico

Today, we shine a spotlight on The Holy Hater, a promising melodic death metal band hailing from Tehuacán, Puebla, Mexico. Join us as we delve into their debut album, "The Sinner," exploring its character, style, story, potential, and more.

The Holy Hater - Wolf In Mourn (Official Music Video)

The Holy Hater is a band I discovered approximately a month ago, comprising talented young musicians who recently embarked on their professional musical careers. With their first official release, "The Sinner," consisting of four songs, they have captured attention with their blend of styles and influences. Before penning this review, I immersed myself in the album, listening to it repeatedly. While "The Sinner" possesses both positive and negative elements, I recommend experiencing it firsthand on platforms like Spotify or YouTube as you read further.

As emphasized in my previous articles, authenticity and potential are essential qualities we seek in up-and-coming bands, rather than solely focusing on technical standards and musicality. "The Sinner" presents a diverse mix of approaches, structures, styles, atmospheres, and ideas. It's evident that the band is relatively new to the music scene, as their songs display distinct variations. While some tracks showcase promising death metal elements, with powerful growls and intense atmospheres, others take a more melodic, atmospheric, and symphonic route, featuring a female vocalist. The band has employed every available resource, turning their accumulated material into songs. I hold great respect for the hard work musicians invest, recognizing the challenges they face. Hence, I refrain from passing judgment on their choices. However, the amalgamation of these diverse ideas does create a slight sense of confusion. The album lacks a consistent character, with each song representing a different style, making it challenging to pinpoint their definitive sound for the future.

Upon careful listening, I can confidently say that The Holy Hater exhibits potential through their progressive ideas, non-standard approach to composition, and audacious songwriting. None of their songs can be classified as easy, simple, or standard. In fact, certain sections may even blur the line between a debut album by a brand new band and that of an established act like Cannibal Corpse. This stark contrast creates a significant gap, akin to day and night, presenting two distinct versions of the band.

While the melodic elements and female vocals of The Holy Hater lack some professional guidance, they undoubtedly harbor creative and meaningful ideas. Collaborating with an experienced producer who can provide guidance throughout the process could make a substantial difference, particularly evident in songs like "Wolf in Mourn" and "Rest in Pieces."

On the other hand, the pure death metal side of The Holy Hater showcases exceptional technical standards. This segment represents the ultimate sound and style of the band, exemplified brilliantly in the album's closing track, "Feed the Flames." Remarkably powerful and professionally executed, this song surpasses the rest of the album in terms of impact and promise. Undoubtedly, The Holy Hater boasts standards comparable to those of other exceptional death metal bands.

The disparity between The Holy Hater's two musical identities also extends to the technical aspects. The melodic part featuring the female vocals suffers from subpar quality, adversely affecting the overall impact and potential of those songs. Poor handling of click tracks, structure, connections, and sound balancing becomes apparent. However, with professional remixing and remastering, these songs could undergo a remarkable transformation, accentuating the difference. Conversely, the death metal aspect of the band demonstrates exceptional technical prowess, leaving one astounded that these two seemingly contrasting works emerge from the same band. Technically, "Feed the Flames" meets top-class standards, boasting musicianship, potential, and technical skill that truly impress. This song stands as an epic representation of their capabilities.

Taking all these aspects into account, I remain positive about The Holy Hater's future. "The Sinner" serves as their debut album, showcasing tremendous potential across various forms and dimensions. As mentioned earlier, the band exhibits strengths and weaknesses. Addressing their weaknesses, tightening their sound, and collaborating with an experienced producer who understands their vision will undoubtedly elevate The Holy Hater to the next level in their career.

Please proceed to check out the exclusive band interview and explore The Holy Hater's links below. Through this support, you can learn more about the band, follow them on social media, and subscribe to their channels. Stay connected to ensure you don't miss any upcoming releases.

In conclusion, the Metalhead Community Team extends sincere congratulations to The Holy Hater for their promising work on "The Sinner." We wish them continued success and fulfillment in their future endeavors. Thank you for reading.

Q1 - Hi guys! Congratulations for your debut release “The Sinner”! How is the feedback so far?

We gotta say that we didn’t expect this reaction by the people, our Ep was released on November 1st and now we’ve got more than 40,000 streams on Spotify. We’re very glad and grateful to all the metalheads out there.

Q2- How was the recording process? Where did you record the album? What were the most challenging factors?

Well... this part I think was the most difficult, because we were recording in Fernando’s studio (the guitarist) and he used to have just one old computer and an audio interface. All the process was great because we were in the same studio having fun and creating music together. It was hard because of the gear.

Q3 - What is the best thing about writing a new song? or releasing a new album?

The best thing is that we can communicate something with the world! We can share and express our personal ideas, we think that is the best part of being musician, sharing your thoughts and the way you see life itself

Q4 – What can you say us about The Sinner EP? How would you describe the music style here? What makes it special? And what The Holy Hater has achieved with it?

The sinner is a complete job of six months, we really wanted to make the metalheads feel what’s the metal, we wanted to tell the world that there are bands out there that still making music just because they love music, not just for the money.

If we talk about a specific genre Would be kind of complicated because we try to mix different styles such as Celtic music, basting drums, very raw guitars, as well as clean vocals and pretty smooth melodies.

All the content that is in the sinner is a compilation of different topics such as social problems and especially... protests against the aberration made by all the religions all over the world

Q5 – Could you say this is the Ultimate The Holy Hater style? What can you tell us about the musical direction of The Holy Hater?

Right now people have categorized us as a death/black melodic metal but we gotta say that in the future we plan to add new sounds and experiment with all the sounds that we can find, obviously all in an extreme way! We didn’t want to stop working with extreme music.

Q6 - What makes a music band “Great”, in your opinions?

The sincerity of how the integrants of the band compose their songs and especially in how they love the art that they are doing! Because that is what metal and art in general needs! People who love what they do! No matter if there’s no money received.

Q7 – Top 5 albums which influenced The Holy Hater’s music?

  • Ghost Reveries by Opeth
  • Doomsday Machine by Arch Enemy
  • Twilight of the Thunder God by Amon Amarth
  • Kill by Cannibal Corpse
  • Death Cult Armageddon by Dimmu Borgir

Q8 – Which bands you’d like to play live or tour with?

We would like to play along with the guys from behemoth because we admire the career that Nergal has built with that incredible band.

Q9 - Tell us about The Holy Hater’s future plans.

Right now we’re rehearsing a lot and we’re acquiring new stuff for our studio so we can provide the people with better music quality. We’re thinking about release a new EP in the future but is a little uncertain, because we really gotta see how people have enjoyed this EP and how much they want to listen to our music and if they’re interested in watching a live performance.
But one thing is for certain we will continue doing music for us! To enjoy our experiences and capture them in a brutal anthem of screams and passion. So if you’re looking for some authentic and passionate metal you know we’re we are

Q10 - Lastly, what would you like to say to our readers?

I’d like to thanks everyone who has invested his or her time to listen to our material as well as the ones who read all of this. We’re working very freaking hard to make something very honest and brutal, something that in these times is complicated to find! So stay tuned and follow us on all our social platforms! We wait for you there to become a Holy Hater ! See ya!



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