What new Holiday Music and Movies are on the way for 2015? I've looked at all the new releases and reissues on the books for this season and have hand-picked a collection to showcase here on THE ROCK FATHER. Are there other titles for this year? Yes, but they won't all make my list, and I will be adding some late additions before December 25th arrives.
PRODUCT OF HATE in the media? Yes, we sometimes make the news. This is a collection of news items, interviews, features, reviews and more from around the Globe. We'll be updating this on a (hopefully) frequent basis...
Metal Hammer: One of 12 Bands to Watch in 2016 - "After cutting their teeth supporting the likes of Lamb Of God and Meshuggah, these head-swivellingly aggressive Wisconsin metallers tear onto the 2016 landscape with a cranium-flattening debut in February. Euphorically violent acolytes of the NWOAHM, Product Of Hate fuel their ambitiously-conceived song structures with paint-stripping riffage and rubberised machine gun tempos. Once the wild-eyed masses get a taste, they could effortlessly slingshot into the next tier by year’s end."
Amps & Green Screens (10/10): "[PRODUCT OF HATE] have made an album that is perfect in every way. And with this record PRODUCT OF HATE have now challenged every other band in the Thrash/NWOAHM genre to step their fucking game up in 2016 and beyond. Get to know these boys because they’re gonna be a household name in metal, and probably on many year end Top 10 lists."
Target Audience Magazine: "[PRODUCT OF HATE} does a fine job melding the complexity of thrash with the dynamics of hardcore, something many American metal bands struggle with. BURIED IN VIOLENCE is modern thrash done right and it is refreshing to hear a metal band not emulating metal bands from 1985. PRODUCT OF HATE brings the violence and the mosh..."
Right to Rock (4/4) "CD of the Month": "Their debut album Buried In Violence is a thrash tour de force and no mistake. Their particular sound appeals to metalheads that thrill to the Swiss clock precision of classic thrash and speed metal, but filters it through a melodic, groove-oriented sensibility that modern 'bangers dig."
Dead Rhetoric (9/10): "Product of Hate is a promising act that balances aggressive thrash with hooky melodies with the care of a much more veteran act. An album like Buried in Violence is best served with windows down and volume cranked to max. Just don’t complain about your sore neck the next day."
The Metal Gods Meltdown: "...aggressive, brutal maelstrom of killer sounds that tear down anything and everything in their way... [PRODUCT OF HATE] have the intensity and vicious hostility to become a huge household name!"
Two Guys Metal Reviews: "One of the cool things about Product Of Hate is how simply immaculate they sound... this is a band who understand their own distinctive style and play music that will last for generations."
Metal Asylum (7/10): "A scorching, relentless, swaggering runaway bullet train of an album... If you want well-executed, visceral hyperthrash, then these guys will be happy to deliver it to your chin - - on the heels of their boots."
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel/TAP Milwaukee: "As the band and album names would attest, the fellas in Product of Hate aren't the happy-go-lucky type. But there's a lot to like from Hate's debut, released by revered metal label Napalm Records. The kick drums hit so fast and furious on "Kill. You. Now." you'll think your ears are being pummeled by Bruce Lee's flying fists. "Monster" features guitar riffs that live up to the name." -- Piet Levy
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel (2): "From its band name to its album title, from its label to its twin-guitar frenzy, this five-man Kenosha group deftly smashes old-school metal dexterity into new-school metal rage."
Wormwood Chronicles: “Revolution of Destruction” is not just a song on “Buried in Violence,” it’s an apt description of Product of Hate itself. Keep an eye out for this band..."
Metal Gods TV (9/10): "fierce, ferocious and rampant thrash metal oozing brutality with every twang and thump.."
DemonZone (8/10): "...these guys have just proven to be an impressive force in metal... sounds magnificent."
That's Not Real Music!: "...they mean business... pounding riffs from start to finish."
Five Albums with Chris Nee: "...groove metal has the classic metal attitude but modern extremity, fused with big, rolling riffs and aggression on tap... Yes please."
Ghost Cult Magazine: "...A punishing blend of modern groove and classic thrash... PRODUCT OF HATE's tight musicianship and youthful exuberance proves that they should be a killer live act."
Ave Noctum (7/10): "While this quintet from Wisconsin have been around for 9 or so years, this is their first full length album and delivers 11 fast paced tracks with little remorse..."
Glacially Musical: "...these fellows have a larger vocabulary on guitar than Sheldon Cooper does on physics. BURIED IN VIOLENCE is built from the ground up to knock buildings back to it."
GetMetal.com: "..heaviness, aggression, glowing guitars, thundering bass lines and pounding drums."
Decibel Geek: "The band are as tight as a duck’s bottom and the old school thrash influences are worn as a badge of honour.."
NeuFutur: "...the heavy and technically ferocious kick in the teeth the thrash metal world has been longing for."
Rockway (Greece): "...Smart and Powerful, BURIED IN VIOLENCE will leave you with a smile. Absolutely recommended."
Whiplash.net (Portugal) (9/10): "Powerful... fierce and heavy. A promise for the future..."
French-Metal (France) (16/20): "An incredible talent... the technique is impeccable."
Metal Chronicles (France): "solid technical mastery with a volcanic aggressiveness... the Americans did a good job and can be proud."
Soil Chronicles (France) (8.5/10): "Amazing... explosive... the first album is a success."
Rock in Spain (Spain): "A statement on how to make a great thrash record in the first quarter of the 21st century. "
Metal & Metal Forever Man (Czech) (7/10): "Anyone who likes hardcore thrash should not miss this album."
Revolution Music (Denmark): "good at playing the game -- violently with both technical and thundering drums, technically great riffs and lead guitar attacks."
Nemesis-Rocks (Germany): "Cunning domination of an elegant game. Don't pass this up."
Metal Imperium (Portugal) (7.6/10): "Such strength and good taste... will appeal to all who like thrash."
Metal Underground (Austria) (4.5/5): "Refreshing... lives up to the hype, and these guys are really great."
Crossfire Metal (Germany) (7/10): "Modern day old-school!"
Metallized (Italy): The hyper voice of Adam Gilley stands out like a monster from hell, strafed by brothers Cody and Gene Rathbone on guitars, and the impeccable rhythm section formed by Mark Campbell on bass and Mike McGuire on drums.
Fleurs du Mal (Italy) (7/10): "...turn up the volume as much as possible, open wide the windows and scream along: the result can be therapeutic and liberating."
United Rock Nations (France) (3/5): "Like PANTERA... these guys must've been cradled in the VULGAR DISPLAY OF POWER sauce! Executed to perfection."
Metal.de (Germany): "A good debut - ideal for training the muscles of the neck."
White Room Reviews (Netherlands): "Everything a good metal band in 2016 should be."
Wings of Death (Netherlands): "A treasure... brutal and ruthless."
Metal Blast (3.5/5): On BURIED IN VIOLENCE, they demonstrate over and over again their ability to crush skulls and rattle bones... "
Highlights: "Product of Hate was really the wild card going in and ended up tipping the scales even further on the plus side."
"Going into Product of Hate’s set with some light knowledge of one song (their debut comes out late summer on Napalm Records), curiosity was peaked to see how they’d sound. They immediately made an impression with some killer thrashy metal. The guitar and bass section was rather engaging, as was vocalist Adam Gilley, who frequently interacted with the group of us in the front who were headbanging away like mad (including my wife and I). The band’s high-impact thrash is seemingly a perfect fit for the live venue, and the band seem dead set on converting everyone over to them, one fan at a time. It’s the kind of attitude that’s sure to continue to gain them more momentum once their album is released."
Highlights: "Napalm Records’ Product of Hate, a band I am incredibly glad I saw live – really set the bar high for Allegaeon. My main appraise of this band is Adam Gilley, the band’s frontman and guitarists Gene and Cody Rathbone (best name ever). A theme I noticed throughout the whole night was the amount of insane guitar playing. SO many solos.
Adam Gilley also totally looks the way a rock star should. All he needed was the bright red leather pants. I noticed his white Right Hook Microphone, as well – so that made them even more stellar."
Highlights: "The quality levels were kept high with thrash metal outfit PRODUCT OF HATE, currently signed to Napalm Records. PRODUCT OF HATE laid down a brutal and relentless set of break neck thrash... full of confidence and enthusiasm that filtered into the crowd. PRODUCT OF HATE had the stage presence and the songs to shine through and delivered a brutal set. Check them out immediately. Product of Hate took the gold medal tonight so be sure to look them up and pick up their latest releases on Napalm Records!"
Highlights: "Main support act Product Of Hate went about their mission of destroying this stage with much conviction. This is the first band I’ve heard of from Kenosha, Wisconsin since the emergence and subsequent disappearance of Lazarus A.D., and Product Of Hate did not do their town’s reputation any harm at all, playing a fiercely energetic set filled to the brim with quintessential modern metal and decorated by grooves galore."
PRODUCT OF HATE was formed in Kenosha County, Wisconsin in 2007. A decade in, and the band holds the unique distinction of having the same lineup since the start - Vocalist Adam Gilley, Drummer Mike McGuire, Bassist Mark Campbell, and the lefty/righty guitar duo of brothers Geno (Lead) and Cody (Rhythm) Rathbone.
The band developed it's crushing style of American metal while honing its skill, eventually landing support slots in front of bands such as Lamb Of God, Meshuggah, Chimaira, Gwar, Hatebreed, Job For A Cowboy and more.
The First EP...
In 2010, PRODUCT OF HATE independently released THE UNHOLY MANIPULATOR EP, a release hailed by underground audiences as a taste of bigger things to come. Recorded by Chris Wisco at Belle City Sound in Racine, Wisconsin, the band called upon James Murphy, the legendary guitarist of Death, Testament and Obituary to handle the mixing and mastering duties.
2012-2013... Independent Videos and Singles...
The following years found the band gaining traction, self-producing a pair of music videos with Special FX legend Robert Kurtzman (Director of Wishmaster, Creator of From Dusk Till Dawn), filmed in Ohio at Precinct 13 Entertainment with production services provided by Robert Kurtzman's Creature Corps. Directed by James Zahn (The Rock Father), the crew would include several future cast members of SyFy's Face Off (David H. Greathouse, Beki Ingram, Eric Zapata), and the short film version of "Unholy Manipulator" would star Hellraiser's Ashley Laurence in the title role - a video that premiered online via leading horror site Bloody-Disgusting after a big-screen theatrical debut at the Terror in the Aisles film festival in Chicago. "Unholy" would become a Halloween-season favorite, featured at film festivals and special events.
A pair of self-release singles, "A Well-Deserved Death" and an very early arrangement of "Revolution of Destruction," would see the band getting placement on sites like AOL Noisecreep, MetalSucks, and Blabbermouth (among others), all while PRODUCT OF HATE remained an independent, unsigned, band.
2014 - In order to take the band to the next level, a decision was made to self-produce a fantastic album... and then find a suitable label partner...
In January of 2014, PRODUCT OF HATE entered Mercenary Digital Studios in Zion, Illinois with Engineer Scott Creekmore for the first of two sessions that would eventually become the band's full-length debut album. Initially, a 13-track version of the record (Mixed by Creekmore) was shopped to labels, and in October of 2014, PRODUCT OF HATE would sign with Austrian Metal Titan, NAPALM RECORDS. Officially announced to the public in December of 2014, PRODUCT OF HATE was welcomed into the Napalm family as preparations began for the release of their debut album, BURIED IN VIOLENCE.
2015 - Mixing, Touring, Plotting...
With a wealth of material available, including older PRODUCT OF HATE music that would be "new" to the world at large, a decision was made to create a tracklisting for BURIED IN VIOLENCE that would pair nine songs recorded specifically for the album with two remixed tracks from the UNHOLY MANIPULATOR EP (Japanese editions would receive a third, added as a Bonus Track). The additional songs from the Creekmore sessions were not discarded, but set aside for the band's sophomore album, including a few that will surprise listeners when the time comes for album number two. After a North American Tour with Allegaeon (Metal Blade) and The Agonist (Century Media), PRODUCT OF HATE once again called upon James Murphy to handle final mixing and mastering at his SafeHouse Production in Florida. Artwork was commissioned by Colin Marks of Rain Song Design in the UK, and a new single, "...As Your Kingdom Falls," would see release alongside a lyric video. By year's end, "Unholy Manipulator" and "Blood Coated Concrete" had been issued as singles, complete with official Napalm editions of the previous music videos.
BURIED IN VIOLENCE was officially announced for a February 5, 2016 release date.
2016 - Album Release, Videos, and Touring...
PRODUCT OF HATE entered 2016 with their furious work ethic fired-up, the Napalm Records "machine" behind them. Renting a 40,000 sq ft. facility in Illinois, the band would spend an icy weekend filming three new music videos, once again helmed by The Rock Father, with Chuck Przybyl of Most Visual serving as Director of Photography. New band photos and portraits were shot by David T. Kindler, and the first official radio single was released - with "Monster" arriving on SiriusXM Liquid Metal, followed by a video release on January 22nd.
Released by Napalm Records on CD/LP/Digital on February 5, 2016, PRODUCT OF HATE's BURIED IN VIOLENCE hit #9 on the Billboard Heatseekers - East North Central Chart, was CMJ's #3 most added at radio the week prior to release, and hit the #8 Bullet spot on the CMJ chart for release week. The album brought with it PRODUCT OF HATE's first in-store appearance at F.Y.E., and was celebrated with a pair of release weekend performances in Chicago, and a hometown throwdown in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
PRODUCT OF HATE hit the road for a Spring Tour with MUSHROOMHEAD, Sumo Cyco and Madame Mayhem from April 30-May 29, 2016. The U.S. trek hit mostly markets in the Eastern half of the country, putting the band in front of new audiences every night. On May 20, 2016, "Kill. You. Now" became the latest single and video from the band.
Although not released as an official single, PRODUCT OF HATE's album-closing cover of Ozzy Osbourne's "Perry Mason" started picking up steam on SiriusXM Liquid Metal thanks to an appearance of "Corridor of Covers."
On September 21, using footage accumulated during the Mushroomhead Tour, the band revisited "...As Your Kingdom Falls" for a "Tour Edition" live music video.
A co-headling tour of small clubs would follow, as PRODUCT OF HATE and Napalm Records labelmates HAMMER FIGHT hit the road for the "Hammer Our the Hate Tour," spanning the U.S. during the fall months, closing out with a pair of shows headlined by Victory Records' Jungle Rot.
2016 was closed out with "Perry Mason" being hailed as one of the "Best of 2016" in a year-end Corridor of Covers show on Sirius XM.
2017 - The Hate Train Keeps Rolling...
To celebrate the one-year anniversary of BURIED IN VIOLENCE, the band released an official music video for "Revolution of Destruction" on February 3, 2017.
After doing select dates throughout the spring, PRODUCT OF HATE hit the road with SKINLAB and IKILLYA for an East Coast run from May-June, after which PoH and IKILLYA continued across the U.S. for their longest tour yet as the first-ever "Summer Annihilation Tour" hit clubs from coast-to-coast.
Late 2017 started to signal the end of the album cycle for BURIED IN VIOLENCE as the band re-entered the studio to begin demoing material for their second full-length album. With more studio time as the focus, the band announced one-off dates with the likes of MOTOGRATER for fall as they began looking toward a fresh start and a new record in 2018.
2018 and Beyond -
PRODUCT OF HATE returned to Mercenary Digital Studios in Zion, Illinois to record their second full-length album with Scott Creekmore once again on the boards. In the midst of production, the band performed a few one-off live dates while focusing on trying new songs in front of a live audience for the first time.
As of May 2018, 14 songs have been recorded for what will ultimately become a 10-track album. Chris Collier (Prong, Korn, Lynch Mob) of CMC 21 Productions began mixing and mastering duties at his studio in Santa Clarita, California.
With the machine turning in prepping the release plans for the new album, a single is expected this summer as PRODUCT OF HATE begins announcing further live dates, including support for DevilDriver at a special show Friday the 13th of July at The Forge in Joliet, Illinois.
What does the future hold for PRODUCT OF HATE? Stay tuned...
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