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Master: An Epiphany Of Hate

Album Review

Death metal veteran remains resolutely impure

By now, most extreme metal fans will be aware of the historic importance of Paul Speckmann and Master and their early and long-underrated contributions to the death metal canon.

Three decades later, the group remain as idiosyncratic and apart from the rest of the scene as ever. Another musical mash-up, An Epiphany Of Hate brings together elements of punk/hardcore, thrash and death metal – with death metal just about remaining the defining ingredient, in part because of Speckmann’s distinctive vocal technique, which continues to carry its characteristically disgusted overtone. 

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