BornBroken - The Healing Powers of Hate (Own Label)

No frills ruck-friendly riffing for the modern metal fiend
Release Date: 
3 Jun 2013 - 11:30pm

Nice one. Award-winning (in their hometown at least) ‘heavy death thrashers’  BornBroken have unleashed quite a storm with The Healing Powers of Hate. Note: not a ‘quiet storm’ – Christ no. But like most storms, you’ve heard it all before- ain’t that always the way – however, like those same storms, BornBroken would appear to be something of a potentially super-destructive force of nature.

The opposite of nature is, in my amphetamine-tainted mind at least, technology, and you’ve gotta love the fact that these geezers have harnessed all that natural anger and violence in a superb, state-of-the-art production. This may well be a ‘self release’, but damn my ears if everything on …Hate don’t sound as bright, pin-shiny and bursting with heaviness as anything coming out on a major label in 2013.

These boys are operating in the same leaden-skied theatre of operations as the likes of latter day heroes Lamb of God and, in places, like a more brutal Shadows Fall (without the melody, sadly), and if that bit of name dropping pricks up yer shell-likes you’ll find just the right combination of raw-throated roaring, chunky bass-brawling breakdowns and neck-snapping rhythms to keep you more than happy enough for the record’s three quarter hour duration.

Me? I like something a little more singalong I guess, but there’s no denying the unrelenting kill power displayed in the grooves of this record. If they’re even half as good live as I suspect they might be, you’d better get out and see them if they come to a town near you as I imagine a good time might be there for the taking. In the meantime if no-nonsense modern metal without frills gets you pumped, you should invest in this album.