One-person concept metal band anyone? Presenting Muhammed Mêlki, with his one-man concept Progressive Death Metal band, from the capital of Tunisia in North Africa, Tunis, comes… Brood of Hatred. If you ever thought that one person couldn’t pull off something like Death Metal and do it well, then you need to look no further than this Tunisian band. On the global map of metal, Tunisia doesn’t have much presence, however, bands are starting to appear from the underground, catching the eyes and ears of fans far and wide. For fans of Brood of Hatred, it has been a few years since an album from this one-man band, following a four-year hiatus since the release of the debut album ‘Skinless Agony’ in 2014 and the single ‘Observing’ released last year teasing fans of what’s to come in anticipation for this recent release. Mêlki pushes his boundaries on philosophies and doe not really settling himself into any specific genre, as you get taking on journey through the intriguing concept that is Brood of Hatred, with its haunting styled riffs and creating dramatic tension with unconventional writing, ‘Identity Disorder’ is an album that allows you to sit back, relax and enjoy the music.
Upon my first listen to ‘Identity Disorder’ and hearing those progressive movements crafted by Mêlki with the ambient guitar leads, and those deathly sounding growls, it took me straight back to when I was new to the heavier styles of metal and purchasing my first Katatonia album ‘Brave Murder Day’ and hearing its production and the sheer brutal vocals of Mikael Åkerfeldt (Opeth, ex-Bloodbath). Mêlki’s growls on ‘Identity Disorder’ sound like some evil scientist has fused both the fierce vocals of Åkerfeldt and Brendon Small as Nathan Explosion in Dethklok. Mêlki’s growls are chaotic, brutal, and utterly moving, with that fact you can hear the raw emotions coursing through them with each delivery.
Mist the first track of ‘Identity Disorder’ is doom metal-esque in its makeup and some could even say extreme or experimental metal, and sets the mood for remainder of the album, with gruelling growls meeting slow paced riffs, guitars playing dissonant chords with melodic guitar melodies underneath, and the drums going between blast like beats and progressive style drum patterns. Feeding The Hunger is as creative in creation as Mist, featuring blast beats and stylish progressive drum patterns with Feeding The Hunger featuring a solo that moves along to the rest of the track. Being the longest track on the album at 13:17 minutes and probably my favourite if I had to choose, you would think that some momentum would get lost in the track Bipolar, however it’s the complete opposite as the way that Mêlki created this track and how each section has a part that flows into the next with going between heavy and light. The remaining two tracks Traces and Ritual of Sacrifice start to wind up the album, as we’re coming to the end of the tunnel.
This album made me wonder what Mêlki’s thought process was and what was going on in his mind when creating ‘Identity Disorder’. It is not as polished in production, compared to Brood of Hatred’s debut album ‘Skinless Agony’, however, it is still very chaotic and sinister in sound and the way the album flows is rather well. I even enjoy the way each track is tied into each other, with having similar sounding lead parts or riffs forming the background or ambient sounds in sections and with having outros featuring twisted sounding synths and sounds, that change your emotion before leading into the next track. I do not pay overly that much attention to drums in albums, let alone tracks, however to me Mêlki made them stand out like a feature and I really enjoyed the way that he created the drums to lead each section. Mêlki with ‘Identity Disorder’ by Brood of Hatred, really sets the bar high for one-man concept bands when it comes to his ability do it rather well.
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