HavocHate's debut album had a somewhat tortured genesis. Originally recorded in 2001, the album was extensively remixed, with new guitar parts added, for its original release on the tiny Root of All Evil label in 2003. When Indecent Media signed the band the following year, the label reissued the band's hard-to-find debut to a wider market. The record is entirely deserving of the second chance, because it's an impressively mature and powerful debut. The heart of the band is guitarist Freddy Ordine (ex-Axiom), whose riffs are as influenced by classic '70s metal of the Black Sabbath variety as they are by the usual speed metal and grindcore suspects, but the star in the making is singer Jon Mallek. Far from using the same old death growl that makes so many current metal bands sound exactly alike, Mallek sounds like his biggest influences were classic-era British shouters like Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson and Judas Priest's Rob Halford. His clear, urgent vocal style is a perfect complement to Ordine's songs, making This Violent Earth an entirely satisfying listen.
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AllMusic Review by Stewart Mason