"Sacrilege of Humanity"

By Dr. Abner Mality

The Polish death metal scene is alive and well if Calm Hatchery is anything to go by. I'm not sure what the idea behind their strange name is , but it kind of adds to their appeal. As for the music, well, it's not that surprising, but it's so very well-executed that lack of innovation can easily be forgiven.

Calm Hatchery belongs to that breed of death metal band that bows at the altar of Morbid Angel, Nile, Immolation and similar bands. Crushing, propulsive music with Middle Eastern touches and technical, melodic guitar work. If you like any of those bands I just mentioned, Calm Hatchery belongs in your collection. I like the quote from guitarist Huizar in the press kit: "It’s hard to be original these days and we do not pretend to be – we're not afraid to admit it and we'll accept all comparisons."  I appreciate that honesty and will now add my own: Calm Hatchery is an excellent band.

Clap ears on the explosive "Mirror Giants", "Messerschmidt" and "Them" to hear Morbid/Nile influenced death metal at its peak. The playing is top notch and the lyrical approach of the band is also appealing. I feel the vocals are maybe the one thing about the band that is just too typical...I'd work on this area in the future. But really, brutal but melodic DM fans can pick up "Sacrilege of Humanity" with no hesitation.