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Whereas The Hate Colony's (THC from now on) debut album 'Dead or Victorious' from 2011 melted Pantera style groove metal with melodic Gothenburg death metal antics, the band's second full-length album 'Navigate' is essentially metalcore. That does not mean, that THC have dumped all of the melodic death metal stuff, no. Actually, the well-played lead guitar has moved to the fore on this album, when it was rather concealed on the debut. That's one reason why the music is now more melodic. The second cause is songwriting, which is more into-the-point, but also... You guessed it: boosted with melodiousness! However, there still are many moments, that tend to be on dull side, and to me they are those metalcore-ish, djent-ish, low-tuned stop 'n' go, palm-muted riffing parts. Some of the songs c...
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