Hath – Of Rot and Ruin

Rating: 3/5
Distributor/label URL: Willowtip
Released: 2019
Buy Album: http://www.willowtip.com/releases/details/hath-of-rot-and-ruin.aspx
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/HathNJ/

Band line-up:

Frank Albanese – Guitar/Vocals
Greg Nottis – Bass/Vocals
Peter Brown – Guitar
AJ Viana – Drums


1. Usurpation
2. Currents
3. Rituals
4. To Atone
5. Withered
6. Worlds Within
7. Kindling
8. Accursed
9. Progeny


Hath started in 2014 and their first EP Hive was released back in 2015. This is their debut album of blackened death metal. HATH released the following statement concerning the giant steps the band took to reach Of Rot and Ruin:

“For the new record, we wanted to take everything we learned with the first EP and build off of it. ‘Hive’ was really a learning experience for us. AJ was in the process of building a proper studio and we were all figuring out the best ways to record and engineer an album. Once AJ’s studio was up and running and with a few album releases under his belt, we felt confident in what we’d written and in his ability to produce a great album. The writing process for Of Rot And Ruin was much more deliberate than Hive. We really wanted to focus on songwriting and give special attention to how the songs and dynamics worked together. We strove for diverse yet cohesive songs. The result is a collection of songs that each have their own identity, yet all have the distinct Hath sound.”

There is an instrumental track that is gentle and amazing called “Kindling”. Best song on the album in my opinion. The rest is typical of the genre, and again the band is tight and plays heavy and with passion. Of course, you get the cookie monster vocals, because that’s just how it is. The musicianship is the best thing about this release and I can hear just how good the band is at what they do. All of the songs are instrumentally fantastic and are blazing.

Death metal fans, you don’t care what I or most people think, you will get this release regardless, so go and get it!


Review by Rick Ecker