Nima : With ‘Wrathprayers’ Polish aggressors Voidhanger already delivered a strong debut in 2011. The extreme thrash with a touch of death metal and a flirt towards hardcore that the gentlemen unleashed with that record was delightfully angry, and although that record was a bit too monotonous at times, the gentlemen did manage to impress.
On their second long player, ‘Working Class Misanthropy: Of Rapture And Disgust’, the men have again chosen for an extreme approach, but also a slightly different one. For example there is a much bigger role for old-school punky black metal with a crust edge, which makes it all sound even more wrought-up than before. To form an idea of what you can expect from this record you’d have to think of a combination of later Behemoth and Belphegor, with a huge load of Darkthrone. Original? No! Innovative? Not at all! Some pieces even seem to come straight from Nocturno Culto and Fenriz – like the opening riff of the title track, which is almost ‘In The Shadow Of The Horns’ – and also the guitar sound and the riff constructions of the more thrashy pieces remind me a lot of Legion Of The Damned.
But is it all disturbing? Hell No! On the contrary, this is one destructive chunk of pure hate and aggression, executed with audible passion and conviction. In only a half an hour the band rushes and rages through eight tracks and forces the neck muscles to work overtime. Although the majority of the material is up-tempo, the songs contain enough variety and manage to grab hold of your attention to the end. Thanks to the clear, powerful production the songs come into their own well and give you an in-your-face feel. I’m sure there are people out there who wouldn’t be happy with the new approach, but for me this ‘Working Class Misanthropy’ is a progress on all fronts. Definitely recommendable for fans of the aforementioned bands and similar blasphemers.