CD HATREDANDDISGUSTFORGOTTENSUNRISE [Digipak] (CD 6963593),
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2. Forced Repression
3. Illusion of Freedom
4. Human Error
5. Separative Adjectives
6. Unjustified Reluctance
7. Awaiting the Savior
8. Eternally Forgotten
9. Curse the Sunrise
10. Wasted Cry For Hope, A
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): MASSCDDG 136
Sorrow; Steve Koslowski
Conrad Ziarniak; Steve Koslowski
Sorrow: Andy Marchione (vocals, bass), Billy Rogan, Brett Clarin (guitar), Mike Hymson (drums).
Recorded at Speed Of Sound Recording, New York.
All songs written by members of Sorrow.
Personnel: Andy Marchione (vocals); Billy Rogan, Brett Clarin (guitar); Mike Hymson (drums).
Audio Mixers: Sorrow; Steve Koslowski.
Recording information: Speed Of Sound Recording, Franklin Square, NY; Sunset Studios, East Meadow, NY.
Photographers: Ira Rosenson; Kristin Callahan.
Though they were ultimately lost in a sea of death metal talent flooding the world during the early '90s, New York's Sorrow do deserve some credit for at least trying to be different. Not only did they refuse to entertain their label's demands that they utilize Scott Burns' production and Dan SeaGrave artwork for their debut album, Hatred & Disgust, like most every other band on the scene; the quartet also draped their songs with elements of various death metal subgenres, without quite committing entirely to any of them. If anything, their doleful, above-average length songs (only six of which account for this album's entire 40 minutes) most often subscribed to the deliberate trudge of the death/doom style, which was quite popular at the time thanks to major exponents like Paradise Lost and Obituary. But one of Sorrow's best distinguishing qualities was how they used these predominant slow passages to set up thrilling bursts of speed thrashing, often marked by sizzling melodic solos on the likes of "Insatiable," "Illusion of Freedom," and the colossal epic, "Unjustified Reluctance." Vocalist Andy Marchione (recently recovered from a debilitating coma induced by carbon monoxide poisoning) possessed a cavernous but still quite intelligible death growl, allowing listeners to discern the group's abnormally sober, real-world lyrics (no demons and very little gore imagery to be found here); yet these also proved a tad too smart for their own good at times (see "Forced Repression" and "Separate Adjectives"), feeling more like college lectures than entertainment. By comparison, the savage, unrestrained anti-religion spite of "Human Error" (choice lyrics: "Curse the Priest, Spit at the church") sounds wonderfully refreshing in their over-the-top provocations. As for Sorrow, motivational problems would conspire with marketing disinterest from their label to spell the end of their career following this release; but Hatred & Disgust remains a secondary volume from death metal's golden era that's more interesting than most. ~ Eduardo Rivadavia
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