Hell:Sector - The Violent Breed
Norway just got a little darker thanks to the release of Hell:Sector's new EP The Violent Breed. Four tracks of metal attacking harsh electronics should serve your ears fairly well as these gentlemen are quite good at what they do; even their previous EP The Rise of the Apocalypse was met with a decent score of 8.5 out of 10 by myself. However, that was about two and a half years ago and now we're in the present. You could say that I actually lost faith in Hell:Sector, thinking that they just dropped off the face of the Earth to never be discovered again. But, now they're here and they bring The Violent Breed with them.
As stated above, The Violent Breed is a four track EP that runs for about eighteen minutes. Their previous efforts could be described as aggrotech - which is a genre that still suits them - however they have cleaned up their sound a lot. The production value has been spruced up and Hell:Sector sounds as if they've owned their craft a bit more.
'For The Dead' begins off the album and there is a new, finer balance between electronics and metal. Before, it was as if the guitars were a minor instrument on The Rise of the Apocalypse, but with the track on The Violent Breed Hell:Sector has brought metal to the forefront as brothers-in-arms with their digital counterparts. 'Hate Vessel' flows in the same boat as 'For the Dead', while the final two songs '7-2-8-2-6' as well as 'Wrath' serve as dance floor pumpers.
Hell:Sector's new EP The Violent Breed serves as a good indicator of maturity and skill as the Norwegian band has slightly improved upon their previous works. Make no mistake, you'll still understand this EP to be a Hell:Sector work so there's no confusion in that. I would like to see what Hell:Sector is going to be doing next as The Violent Breed feels like an extension of their past work. Slightly improved, still sounding good, but it also feels a bit too familiar.
Still, the EP is fun and I'll be listening to this for days to come nonetheless. So check it out!
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I've been writing for Brutal Resonance since November of 2012 and now serve as the editor-in-chief. I love the dark electronic underground and usually have too much to listen to at once but I love it. I am also an editor at Aggressive Deprivation, a digital/physical magazine since March of 2016. I support the scene as much as I can from my humble laptop.
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