Brood of Hatred – The Golden Age

Rating: 3.5/5
Distributor/label: Brucia Records
Released: 2021
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Band Lineup:

Mohamed Mêlki – Everything


01. God Over Demons
02. Self-Destruction
03. Genesis
04. Uncertainty
05. The Golden Age
06. The Mask Of Death
07. The Uncarved Block
08. Astral Projection


Tunisia is somewhere people wouldn’t automatically assume in having a death metal scene, given its cultural, religious, and political makeup. However, the likes of the one-man project Brood of Hatred are telling the world that North Africa loves the sheer ferociousness and versatility of progressive death metal.

“The Golden Age,” is the band’s third full-length release, exhibiting a very quirky and unconventional take on the most progressive side of the genre. By unconventional, I do not mean avant-garde, but one that follows a concept of off-the-wall lyrics contained in a well-crafted structure of DM excellence.

At first, I was skeptical of the band as progressive death metal can deliver well-educated brilliance worthy of a classical recital; or it can fall into the depths of overproduced schlock that would be likened by deathcore fans and be seen as boring to those of us who love and appreciate all the wide elements of genre’s long history.

But I have to say, this Tunisian band has definitely taken me aback and added their homeland to the progressive DM map. What we see before us is a tome of extreme music crafted by a very hard-working man who throws in elements of the genre’s old and new schools, making the music enjoyable by veterans and youngbloods on the scene.

I think what Brood of Hatred wanted to exhibit is a uniqueness in how the most surreal of lyrics and concept can create dark and horrifying landscapes that a lover of extreme metal would enjoy. I mark this band highly on the new ideas brought in through the quirky lyrics, the excellent vocals, beautifully jagged guitars, and experimental drumming.

Tunisia has given the world its share of fine artists, and I think Brood of Hatred should be named among them.

Review by Demitri Levantis