The Embodiment of Hate by Our Place of Worship is SilenceRelease date: October 14, 2016
Label: Broken Limbs Recordings
For a Broken Limbs Recordings release, Our Place of Worship is Silence‘s LP, The Embodiment of Hate, won’t send you jumping through hoops of fire trying to guess what it sounds like. It’s got a clear death metal style, but that style is still far from typical. There are hordes of death metal bands that play tribute to the Floridian style, the Swedish style, Finnish style, and so on. But, the band’s style on The Embodiment of Hate doesn’t comfortably nestle in any of those scene-specific sub-genres. So, while death metal comes across as a clear favorite to refer this record by, calling it exclusively that, is pigeon-holing the band. Calling their music heavy and extreme is all that seems appropriate. Genre afficionados that listen to anything prototypical are advised not to resort to genre tags. The Embodiment of Hate is unique, aggressive, and heavy as a monolith, so prepare for big hooks and chugging rhythms playing this.
The vocals sound like they’re echoing from inside a crypt. They are heavy and deep, and while the hardcore chugging meets the shredding head-on and the band frequently likes slowing down and smashing the snare drum, you can make out certain elements that don’t sound distinctly mixed in. Instead, all the band’s influences cohesively come into form as this grotesque beast that rips and slays everything in sight with random aversion. The Embodiment of Hate is a monster record that amasses a seeming plethora of aesthetics that are enjoyable to listen to and are wholly original.
And while the album spans only seven tracks, the runtime of each one is average length for most songs on full-length albums. The listening session seems to fly right by with just seven songs, and the music is entertaining and worth playing on repeat.
Thematic lyrics also contribute to the album’s appeal, by adding all-important content to the aggressive music. There’s a fine use of contradiction in the album cover and band name, both showcasing contrast in ways that most people will fail to see, merging beauty and tranquility with music that is extreme and at times intense. It’s a beautiful assertion by the band to make, that violence and aggression is pretty relevant in the present social climate, all while the band members refer to spirituality, and a concerted effort to adapt to an ever worsening environment in imagery and lyrical content. The band’s style in reference to this, reflects an accurate observation in light of the times. The band doesn’t do dalliance with worn out pseudo-Satanic ideology that can be infinitely tiring given that bands rarely explore it without becoming anecdotal and gimmicky. In fact, Our Place of Worship is Silence’s The Embodiment of Hate is one-hundred percent gimmick-free, so check it out and buy an LP while supplies last.