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I cover a lot of music on this site, ostensibly metal music, but a lot of it is distilled. Atmosphere, other genres playing party to the greater sound. "Progressive" music, as it were. Sometimes… sometimes I just want to hear metal, you know? Something which speaks to my innate desire for intensity in art which led me to the types of music I enjoy today. Comprised of Chicago metal stalwarts Jerome Marshall (Yakuza, ex-Kastasyde), Garry Naples (Novembers Doom, ex-Kastasyde), and John Porada (Pulchra Morte), Hatemonger's immense, lean take on a more intense take on death metal and grindcore is a welcome addition to Chicago's ever-changing scene.

On their new single "Perpetual War," whose video is streaming ahead of The Vile Maxim's April 16th release, Hatemonger quite literally turns the dial all the way and rips it off. In as such, as far as their classic death metal tone is concerned, Hatemonger could clear forests with their sound (and Marshall's vocals sound like an anthropomorphic denizen from deeo within one of the forest's caves). As far as Hatemonger's approach is concerned, there is no fluff to their sound -- Hatemonger is a metal band, and anything which could be attached is secondary. Beyond that, "Perpetual War'"s video really speaks to me as a member of the Chicago metal community (yes, I don't live in Brooklyn, nor do I live in Portland). I've been in the practice room where this was shot. I've probably had a beer in it, too. I have a lot of memories from being a live guitarist and bassist in a small host of Chicago bands, and this definitely dug up some feelings, which I don't think was intended.

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The Vile Maxim releases April 16th.

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