CONTRADICTION – The Voice Of Hatred

CONTRADICTION - The Voice Of Hatred
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    CONTRADICTION - The Voice Of Hatred - 7/10


Release Date: April 24, 2007

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This Teutonic Thrash outfit from the city of Wuppertal may be known to some since they have been around for almost 20 years. In that time, they released two albums during the nineties, Rules Of Peace (1993) and All We Hate! (1995), before they went on hiatus. With their sales figures of 1200 and 2500 copies, respectively, of which they talk about freely on their Web site, they always remained firmly in the “underground” where they made themselves a name as a live band, playing whenever and wherever they could. In 2005, after being resuscitated in 2003, they followed with this album, The Voice Of Hatred. Although they released a fourth album, The Warchitect, since then, the The Voice Of Hatred is just now being released in the USA via Locomotive Records, so it is a good second chance to become acquainted with a hot piece of steel you probably missed.

Germany has a good name in the international Thrash scene, as several classic Thrash bands originated from German soil, like Sodom, Exumer, Kreator, Accuser, Holy Moses, and Darkness, just to name a few. Contradiction is adding their name to that list now, too, as every Thrash fan should listen to this album of typical old school German in-your-face Metal. Their style can easily be compared to the bands above, plus a bit of Pantera riffing and Sepultura vocals.

The Voice Of Hatred should have been released in the Bay Area in the mid-eighties, and maybe fast, heavy songs like the opening track “Break The Oath,” “Engines Of Greed,” or “Hate Patrol” would be classics at this moment. The compositions are more diverse than they would have been a decade or two ago… fast tracks are mostly interrupted by mid-tempo choruses with remarkable melodies, comparable to the latest Slayer albums where no fast song is fast from beginning to end. But, in contrast to several releases by the Thrash Gods, Contradiction alter speed and mood during the album several times, sometimes with surprising results: “Falling Down” starts with quite a Rock ’n’ Roll feeling before spoken parts take over, “Privacy” has a definite Hardcore influence, “Nation Of Fear” suddenly has an acoustic part amid a groovy, heavy platform, and “Crimes” can be best described as Doom Metal, and a good track at that.

For old school Thrash fans, this is a trip back in time you don’t want to miss; not on album and certainly not live. In Germany, they supported Overkill on their last tour in 2006 and showed that the initial energy is still there. They sold quite a few albums at those shows, and it seems fans can expect them to be around for quite a while. What is missing is for them to get the same chance in the USA, and hopefully Locomotive can make that happen. In the meantime you know what to do …


  • Frank Jaeger

    Frank was a reviewer here at Metal Express Radio, based out of Bavaria, Germany. He has worked in the games industry for more than 20 years, now on the manufacturing side, before on the publishing end. Before this, he edited and handled the layout for a city mag in northern Germany ... maybe that is why he love being part of anything published. Frank got hooked on Metal at the age of 14 when a friend introduced him to AC/DC. They were listening to The Beatles, Madness, and The Police, and he decided they should move on. Well, they did, Back in Black became Frank's first Metal album, and since Germany is reasonably close to England, they had some small New Waves Of British Heavy Metal washing up on their shores: Tygers Of Pan Tang, Samson, Gillan, Iron Maiden, Saxon, Sweet Savage, Diamond Head, etc. If he had to pick his favorite styles, Prog and Power Metal would be at the top of the list.

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