Of Hate – Unhallowed Ground - December 27th 2016 - Sentinel
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way to get rid of any remaining post-Christmas cheer...
Barnsley misanthropes System of Hate purvey what the
press release accompanying this album describes as ‘aphotic
power punk’; As I’m sure you’re aware the word aphotic
refers to that portion of underwater ‘inner space’ where
less than 1% of sunlight penetrates the depths. And
if Unhallowed Ground isn’t as resolutely stygian as
such an adjective might denote, it’s pretty bloody close.
If you’ve had your fill of Call the Midwife-fuelled
Christmas cheer for one year, this is surely the album
to cancel out any traces of the feelgood factor in your
the considerable handicap of bassist Paddy’s resemblance
to celebrity baker Paul Hollywood, the band bring together
an exciting mix of Killing Joke, Amebix and Joy Division
to create a cold, unloving, synthwashed post punk backdrop
to the excellent vocals of Dave, who barks out his tales
of woe – again referring to that press release, he’s
baring the heart of South Yorkshire to us all, exhorting
us to watch it bleed – in suitably careworn fashion.
like Crucified and Antichrist are excellent, aggressive
soundclashes taking place at the junction where agit
punk and gothic romanticism meet, all droning guitars
and low slung bass menace, whilst Zealot’s Path adds
some honking sax to give a surprise, though undoubtedly
welcome whiff of The Psychedelic Furs to proceedings.
is shorter, sharper and altogether more punked-up, whilst
the excellent Killing Fields, despite weighing in at
only three minutes in length has a real epic feel to
it; In fact the closing title track that follows …Fields,
Unhallowed Ground, is something of an epic – at seven
and a quarter minutes long it’s by far the longest song
on the album – and the two songs mesh together well
to close the album in brooding, portentous fashion –
Even if that closing track does ostentatiously press
gang the bassline to Joy Division’s Transmission into
service as it’s intro! But that aside, the track is
a monster, and I can see many a dive bar dancefloor
rammed to the gills with off-their-gourds-on-cider punx
and goths falling under it’s hypnotic sway in 2017!
then, especially for fans of fans of the punk and post-punk
of the early eighties. And old miseries like me.
Of Hate – Unhallowed Ground, December 23, 2016 - Moshville
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seem fearless, as they barge their way through punk
avenues at a breakneck speed. System Of Hate are an
act with a spirit many bands lack, rolling out songs
that will attract the poet within you. They create intelligent
wordplay, weaving and placing those words correctly,
with ease and inventiveness.
of anxiousness is evident. The music is fierce, but
there is a sense of unrest; of deep panic. It’s heard
in the songs that make up Unhallowed Ground, an album
brimming with searing riffs and energy. This energy
marries well with darkness and sombreness. And yes,
the songs may seem upbeat when the crashing guitars
overlap, but there’s a pessimistic tone that thunders
there’s no obligations. It’s a movement that doesn’t
hold you or contain you, it drives you to become a person
of curiosity. It has its weirdos and people that are
drawn to its rawness. It’s a genre powered by a DIY
ethic. The disenchanted traveller also listens to punk
as an escape mechanism away from the tediousness of
day to day life. System Of Hate embody punk rock. Their
album pushes for hope. It doesn’t cling onto lost moments.
It doesn’t crash into tarnished memories. It’s about
the here and the now.
begins with “Rogue Apostle”, a track that opens with
a solid guitar riff that complements the harsh vocals.
The wisdom of the words shine through, managing to create
an electrifying atmosphere. “Antichrist” is a revealing
track. It describes death and conveys a sense of longing
too. The song plays emphatically well with the cutting-edge
guitar sequence. “Mutilation” is fast and expertly driven,
communicating dark lyrics and negativity.
Of Hate are a band keeping fierce punk alive. They’re
a group that don’t give a damn!
OF HATE – Unhallowed Ground by PUNK ON LINE - Weblink
middle eastern keyboard opening to the track Rogue Apostle
briefly engages the listener before System of Hate launch
into a monster guitar riff and vocal treatment that
reminded me of Killing Joke. The album from these punk
rockers from Barnsley in the fertile musical region
of South Yorkshire England is a barnstormer. Released
last month, Unhallowed Ground is aggressive yet sophisticated.
Kiss The World (1916) begins with a snippet of a Northern
brass band and then sits you back as it launches into
a rhythmic/tribal Amebix style assault on your senses.
of Hate have appeared at Rebellion (this summer was
their 4th consecutive appearance) and have supported
legends such as Discharge, Sham 69, Vice Squad, UK Subs
and The Angelic Upstarts. The bass heavy introduction
to Crucified builds into a keyboard led chorus as the
track powers along at a tremendous pace. Three songs
in and I’m overwhelmed with a feeling of having discovered
the next wave of punk. System of Hate are lyrically
dark, musically powerful but full of hooks and melody
that are very compelling. I simply loved Antichrist
with it’s blending of the Killing Joke and Amebix influences
to create a sound that only Rudimentary Peni have come
close to over the years.
reached the half-way point with Santoria, a track that
is propelled by a strong beat, huge walls of guitar,
a chanted multi-vocal chorus and a keyboard solo…if
this isn’t the perfect punk sound for 2016, I’m not
sure what is. Unhallowed Ground is extremely well produced
and that’s a blessing as these folks write complex songs
where every instrument has an important role. On Zealot’s
Path the addition of a saxophone adds that Theatre of
Hate ambiance and that feeling is cemented by the superb
bass guitar up-front in the mix.
are far from monolithic in their approach or sound and
can deliver some straight up punk rock as they do on
Mutilation albeit with melodic backing vocals adding
to the mosaic. Apostle Of Pain brings forward the menacing
keyboards creating a bloodcurdling wall of sound truly
fitting the lyrics. It’s a super track clocking in at
four minutes and precedes the shortest track on the
album, Killing Fields where the band bash out a tribal
powerhouse of a song that had me back in Rudimentary
closes with the mammoth seven minute long title track
Unhallowed Ground. The bass guitar kicks in hard and
fast, is joined by drums and a building keyboard and
the guitar adds to the construction. For over 100 seconds,
the song builds before we are surprised with a Sisters
of Mercy style melodic vocal. It’s a track that you
can see being used in movies, adverts and as backing
to sports clips. It’s also a fitting end to a tremendous
album. One of the best of 2016 for me!
OF HATE - UNHALLOWED GROUND (Westworld) - VIVE LE ROCK
this is hate, bring on the war! 8/10
bruisers might have only been around since 2012 but,
after the first wall of saxophone here, they thrust
us straight back into the cold, dark '80's with this
official release of the album. Songs go like the clappers,
taking in elements of street, anarcho, gothic and crust
punk. The tribal drumming bombast jousts with chugging
guitar and underlying synth work, providing an antagonistic
velocity and sounding like the band could easily have
escaped from an old Mortarhate compilation album. Short,
sharp and very much to the point, numbers like 'Crucified'
and 'Antichrist' are battered out without compromise,
really getting under the skin and energising with their
incessant, powerful clamour. The immediacy of the material
gets you on the first listen, has no problem dragging
you back for another addicted spin and proves a compulsive
charge to seeing the band live.............Pete Woods
of Hate – Unhallowed Ground (Ret Records), Mass Movement
Mag, 7 Oct 16 - Web
did the Beast create System of Hate and say unto them
“Thou shall carry forth the seed of thy progenitors
and sow it far across the face of the world”, and they
did rise from the clay and set forth to help usher in
a new age of reason. Or rather, in my imagination, and
after listening to Unhallowed Ground on repeat all morning,
that’s how I imagine System of Hate were brought into
being; their fusion of early Killing Joke, Bauhaus,
The Damned and Amebix, filled with astute political
commentary and religious imagery rising from the darkness
to drag us all, willingly and happily, back through
time to the eighties. Back to their natural habitat,
a time when alternative and indie bands – and music
–stood for something, were exciting, thrived on danger
and were more than just the sum of their parts. Simply
tagging System of Hate as a punk band would do them
disservice, as they dwell in that strange wasteland
between the original Goth movement and mid-eighties
UK punk, existing solely in neither scene, but nevertheless,
still part of both. And they sound fantastic… Tim Cundle
Festival 2016 - Blackpool, Winter Gardens - 4th August
16 by UBER ROCK- Web
up we head to the Pavilion for the first time to catch
Northern post punks System Of Hate, a band who impressed
me greatly with their recently released ‘Unhallowed
Ground’ album. They seem to have impressed a fair few
others too as the place is packed long before their
countdown intro tape builds the atmosphere and temperature
to boiling point as opener ‘Sanatoria’ does it’s best
to rob me of whatever hearing I have left after The
Dwarves. It’s ‘Crucified’ where the band really shines
though, or is that flash of white light from singer
Suty’s studded gauntlets catching the follow spot? A
fine performance from a band fast moving up the Rebellion
Of Hate, "Unhallowed Ground", 8/10 - Terrorizer Issue
272, July 2016 by Ian Glasper
first thing that hits you - literally between the eyes
- is how massive this sounds for a self-released effort,
System Of Hate refusing to compromise their sonic power
in their conviction to do it themselves. Opener
'Rogue Apostle' gets things off to a lively start, but
the band soon settle down into a huge rumbling grove,
complimented by sweeping keys, that pitches its tent
somewhere between Amebix and Killing Joke, which is
obviously no bad place to be. There's even an occasional
nod towards the Misfits (when they were good), but it's
tracks like 'Sanatoria' that make this such a revelation,
throbbing with a glorious dark, industrial post-punk
Than War (John Robb) Album Review - 'Unhallowed Ground'
- 8/10 - Web
A few years
ago we played circuit gig in Wakefield and a bunch of
silver haired punk vets turned up in black combat gear.
They were good company and we talked great records with
them. Then they got on stage in an unassuming manner
and started their soundcheck and we were blown away
with their ambition and power.
Of Hate’s debut album continues this theme. Far better
than it needs to be this is a dark and apocalyptic work
from the Barnsley based band that takes its cues from
the mighty Killing Joke but very much has its own stamp
use of drone keyboards and even an occasional sax combined
with the tough gnarl of grinding punk anger is a really
effective combination that is a clean break from the
UK punk scene with its imaginative and melodic yet still
dark power. With an effective and driving bass clatter
and chainsaw riffing guitars this album deconstructs
punk rock and rebuilds it into a mighty sonic monster.
Of Hate have somehow managed to find a space that they
can call their own in a heavily subscribed space and
need to be heard. War, religion, hate and anger are
the themes that are dealt with in a dark humour and
high decibel intelligence.
A lot of
thought has been put into this recording – the band
have never gone for the obvious but never lose their
power in an unrelenting and power release that really
needs to be heard. Stand out tack is the anthemic Killing
Fields but to be honest the whole album creates a dark
and strangely attractive desolate world where the darkest
corners of Ian Curtis’s psych jam it out with the aformentioned
Killing Joke and a whole host of dark hearted post punk
troubadours replanted into the far more desperate and
dark and dangerous 21st century.
beneath the radar release that must be heard.
Of Hate - ‘Unhallowed Ground’ by Johnny H - Uber Rock.co.uk
- May 2016 - Web
exactly sure why but ‘Unhallowed Ground’, the debut
full length album from Barnsley’s System Of Hate, has
almost left me speechless. Why? Well it’s certainly
not like I wasn’t expecting them to be a decent band,
to be playing their fourth consecutive Rebellion Festival
this summer must mean they are doing something right,
right? Plus the band members aren’t exactly lacking
in self-belief either, as anyone who has either seen
them parading around the Winter Gardens in their self-promoting
t-shirts, or better still, caught one of their live
performances will confirm. No, I think that what has
astounded me most about this album is just how fucking
excellent ‘Unhallowed Ground’ really is.
it too me a few plays to fully get under the skin of
the ten tracker but once the subtler charms of the likes
of ‘Kiss The World (1916)’ and ‘Crucified’ started to
unwind within my head I suddenly started to realise
just how “different” System Of Hate are.
be very easy to simply label what these guys do as being
Killing Joke-like, but that for me is really oversimplifying
their true full potential, yes tracks like opener ‘Rogue
Apostle’ and ‘Antichrist’ are pretty relentless in their
delivery just like Killing Joke are, but what I hear
here is actually more akin to some twisted hybrid of
The Sisters Of Mercy crashing headlong into Discharge,
however this all comes with some of the most fantastic
saxophone and keyboard touches you will hear this side
of a Psychedelic Furs record.
Of Hate are definitely more dark wave than metal and
more punk rock than anything to do with the new romantic
movement, yet somehow that take all of the aforementioned
and turn this twisted gene pool of influences into a
musical fist in the face that continues to stagger and
amaze me even after a good twenty listens to the album.
It’s the saxophone driven ‘Zealot’s Path’ the discordant
Prong-like guitar riff of ‘Apostle Of Pain’ and the
almost space rock 7 minute plus epic that is the title
track that truly makes this record, and System Of Hate,
stand out from the crowd, and the production by Matt
Ellis at Axis Studios in Doncaster is some of the clearest
yet sonically challenging I have heard for an unsigned
band in a long long time.
I’m playing catch up reviewing ‘Unhallowed Ground’ a
good couple of months after the album was initially
released, but it is simply too good to be ignored. So,
without further ado hit the links below and get yourself
a copy of the digipak CD, you will not be disappointed.
Of Hate : "Unhallowed Ground" - POSITIVE CREED FANZINE
EP's and many years of hard graft, System Of Hate's
long awaited debut album is finally here. I had a feeling
that this was going to be something a bit special and
I wasn't wrong. What we have here is ten splendid tracks
of well crafted punk rock with smooth production and
right from the off, these guys don't put a foot out
of place. 'Rogue Apostle' is the perfect opener and
sets things up nicely for what's to come. 'Kiss The
World'. 'Antichrist', 'Sanatoria', 'Zealot's Path',
'Apostle Of Pain', 'Killing Fields' are all brilliant
songs and 'Unhallowed Ground' finishes things off and
has a bit of a Joy Division feel about it. This album
has an eerie goth presence from beginning to end which
is built around a punk structure and the combination
of both elements works perfectly. Adding keyboards and
saxophone to these songs also gives System Of Hate that
extra edge over most punk bands around today and their
ability to play certainly shines through here. It's
hard to believe that Unhallowed Ground is a debut album
as the standard of songs and the musicianship behind
them could easily indicate a band that has been playing
longer than four years. This is an exceptional album
in every sense of the word. (Rob) 10 / 10
OF HATE – UNHALLOWED GROUND, March 24, 2016, Alternative
two things that you really need to know. Firstly, ‘Unhallowed
Ground’ is a magnificent debut album by Barnsleys very
own, System of Hate. For anyone who has been watching
this group develop since the early gigs in 2013, this
is the album that we hoped they would make, but perhaps
were unsure they could make. Sometimes a studio environment
can stifle, rather than capture bands with a reputation
for blistering live shows. No fear here though. Producer
Matt Elliss has done a thoroughly superb job at the
controls and brought out visceral performances from
all concerned. This sounds absolutely huge.
listen of this behemothic slab of dark punk provided
the soundtrack to a terrifying late night car journey
home down the M1 last week. My dashboard lit up like
a disco and the car steering juddered, as I sweated
and repeated a short prayer/mantra, “Just get me home,
just get me home!” over the top of System of Hate. Perhaps
not an ideal introduction to this album, but then again,
they do like things dark, don’t they? Sadly, the car
is no more. It expired. It has ceased to be. I don’t
believe that there’s any connection between the two
opens with a beautiful, other worldly saxophone melody
from guest musician, Andy Blower. I almost visualise
an alien sun rising, giving light to a barren planet
in a far off galaxy. Then suddenly everything, including
the kitchen sink, is thrown at you at once, as System
of Hate bludgeon you over the head with an intense riff
and vocalist Suty growls ”Serpent Father, bless me,
your cobra breath instills, lift my sad existence, give
me strength to kill”. This is the opener “Rogue Apostle”
and is a perfect introduction to the next 36 minutes
and 44 seconds of your listening pleasure.
element to the System of Hate sound is the epic, melodic
bass lines of Paddy O’Neill and there are plenty of
them. He has an immediately recognisable style and the
physical stature to back up such a big sound, as well
as being one of the nicest, most genuine souls you could
ever meet. Teamed with Carl Gullifords tribal drums,
it is an awesome rhythm section. At times on this album,
they play with a claustrophobic urgency that literally
pins you to the wall. The drumming is just sublime.
Don’t put this album on and then settle down with a
good book. Background music this ain’t.
begins with an 80’s keyboard sound that initially reminds
me of Hall and Oates! I wasn’t expecting that, but it
actually works. It really works and provides a brief,
but welcome chink of light in the proceedings, before
the lads kick in and reclaim the mood. When I saw keyboardist
Martin Roberts debut gig as part of System of Hate,
my jaw dropped. Not a regular event, I can assure you.
However, this was what the overall System of Hate sound
required to take it from brilliant to a compelling,
live event with numerous possibilities.
to this, on the album, Andy Blowers post punk saxophone
paints fresh melodic colours into songs like “Zealots
Path” and recalls those urgent early 1980’s singles
by Theatre of Hate and the Psychedelic Furs, who subscribed
to David Bowie’s contention that the saxophone can be
stripped of all its jazz connotations.
good as the previous nine tracks are, they still do
not adequately prepare you for the last song, “Unhallowed
Ground”. At just over 7 minutes long, it is a tour de
force of what can still be achieved within the confines
of rock music, dark punk, whatever you want to call
it. Opening with a Joy Division-esque majesty, driven
by another Paddy bass line, it is almost 2 minutes before
Suty enters the fray and if you’re not dancing by this
point, you should check your pulse. Carls drums push
and drive the whole song, with fantastic gutsy stabs
and shards of guitar from Pat Crawford. Every single
band member puts their heart and soul into this and
it shows. Wow, most bands only dream of achieving a
performance like this. This is music with ambition and
conviction. Non of that apologetic, “it’s only little
old us” bollocks.
yer, if Donald Trump gets the US Presidency and inflames
and incites the world to turn in on itself and ‘The
Button’ gets pressed, then I’d want to go out dancing
to this song ! As the radiation blast tears the flesh
from my bones, this is the sound I’d want as my ears
melted. Yes, folks, this song really is that good. I
can’t wait to hear it live again.
second thing you need to know ? – contact Pat Crawford
for a copy. Do it. Today.
by Steve Dalton. System of Hate play Blackpool’s Rebellion
Festival on Thursday 4th August, alongside Descendents,
Flag, The Dickies, TSOL, Peter & the Test Tube Babies,
CJ Ramone and many, many others.
to date with all things System of Hate by stalking the
following links: facebook.com/systemofhate - www.systemofhate.com
Daily Band Review - 06/09/2014 - web
link - forksterocks.net
Of Hate are a riveting, thunderous “True defined”
Punk Rock sound/band hailing out of Barnsley, England!
ferociously strong rockers bring driving ‘riffs
& rhythms’ with a mighty vocal presence of
dark depth! The overall intensity and musicianship of
the band is nothing less than magnificent!
rocking note, they quickly are becoming legendary for
their live gigs and with that combined with their outstanding
“All music tracks”, I ‘without a doubt’
can see ‘true music appreciators’ following
these explosive punk rockers. Hey, put this band in
your ear modules for a bit and let them “Rock
it out” for you all, definitely worth it, for
EP (INDUSTRIAL REMIX) Review by Alternative Barnsley
I were a lad, back in’t day, a remix usually meant
that the 7” single version of a song had been
extended for the 12” version. Frustratingly, the
chorus now came in at the beginning of the song (where
it shouldn’t), there were long instrumental passages
with slightly louder drums and sometimes the most innocuous
lyric repeated over and over. More often than not, it
all just sounded a bit shit. Gimme the 7” version,
any day. However, in the late 1980’s, things started
to improve drastically and the remix version of a song
could become something else entirely. The most obvious
example that springs to mind is Andrew Weatheralls remix
of Primal Screams 1989 so-so ballad “I’m
Losing More Than I’ll Ever Have” to create
the monster that was and still is “Loaded”.
He didn’t just remix it, he took it back to the
very bare bones and then totally re-created the song
with the help of a drum-loop and a fistful of Class
A’s. Actually, I’m astonished Bobby Gillespie
had the nous to go with it, considering he was virtually
removed from the record.
Well, a similar thing has happened
on our very own doorsteps, with Lyndon Scarfe’s
‘Industrial Remix’ of System of Hate’s
“Insanity” EP. He has taken a record I really
like….and turned it inside out to create a record
I now really, really like. Similar to Weatherall, Lyndon’s
‘Industrial Remix’ strips many of the songs
right back and then like Dr Victor Frankenstein, he
creates new life ! Almost doubling the original running
length of the EP, he has taken Systems ‘dark punk’
into fresh and exciting areas, that maybe they never
thought they would venture.
The first track, “Insanity”
has its backing vocals extended and brought right up
in the mix, with the original saxophone now wailing
an almost Eastern melody. There is now a weird sound,
running concurrently through the track, like a thousand
pissed off wasps trapped in a lift shaft, but it’s
fantastic. A bit like listening to the Thirteenth Floor
Elevators for the first time and not knowing what that
bizarre ‘wooga wooga’ sound is (it was Tommy
Halls electric jug) Mocking laughter reverberates, as
we are bludgeoned with repeated chants of “Insanity”.
An essential ingredient to my
love for this band is Paddy O’Neills epic, melodic
bass lines and “Ashes of Divinity” features
my favourite. The man is a genius. Insistent, dark,
rhythmic, it is now given the space and opportunity
to breath here, ably supported by Martins keyboard.
Carls drums sound tribal and taut, before exploding
almost 3 minutes in and pushing the track to a satisfying
“The Dogs of War”
now has a much more relaxed feel to it than the original
version and is much longer. The aggression of Pat’s
guitar has been tempered somewhat, but still retains
its malevolence. Heavens to Betsy, Lyndon’s even
thrown in a dancey drum beat with an undercurrent of
an early 1990’s club bass line bubbling away.
Again, the original backing vocals are brought to the
fore and used as the lead. However, two minutes in and
singer Suty reclaims the track with his primeval growl
and the pace picks back up, the repeated call and response
like an insane Dictators call to arms on the eve of
Now, I happen to know from the
man himself, that the first three tracks were remixed
with what System of Hate might find pleasing, but with
the remix of the final track, “Infected”,
Lyndon decided to simply please himself. What pleases
him, pleases me. It is impossible to get bored of this
track. Try it. I guarantee you won’t. Easily the
most radically different-from-the-original of all the
four tracks, it is a tour de force in what can be achieved
with some imagination and a good pair of ears. The flesh,
muscle and sinew of the original has been cut away and
fed to the dogs (of war) All that remains on the slab
is the fettered bones, around which Lyndon has reconstructed
his twisted creature. I originally wrote on Facebook
that it reminded me of those late 1970’s/early
1980’s John Carpenter soundtracks and even weeks
later, I still can’t really put it any better
than that. It is perfect night time driving music –
chilling, eerie, spell binding. Listening to it, I want
to don a bandana and cruise up and down in a cool American
car, scaring the shit out of the neighbourhood.
Talking of my neighbours , they’ll
tell you I’m no gardener, but I do like to watch
things grow and develop and I have been watching System
of Hate do that over the last two years. The very idea
of an “Industrial Remix” CD was a pleasant
surprise to me, but the reality is even better and as
an experiment it has thoroughly paid off. Buy it.
Words by Stephen ‘Dollar’
THAN WAR - New Artist Of The Day: System Of Hate - Web
Barnsley bleak punk purveyors
System Of Hate release new EP.
From the bowels of Barnsley comes
an unearthly sound that is getting people pretty excited
up and down this green and pleasant land. System Of
Hate have already racked up an impressive haul of support
slots and won many new admirers with their brand of
intense, aphotic power-punk, and are set for their second
appearance at Rebellion this summer.
System Of Hate sprang from Barnsley
punk band Total Confusion in late 2012, making their
live debut in early 2013. From there, regular gigs,
including support to Sham 69, Goldblade and Vice Squad,
culminated with a very well received appearance on the
new band stage at Rebellion in 2013 and a batch of new
admirers. The band are made up of Pat Crawford (guitar),
Dave Sutcliffe (vocals), Shaun O’Neill (bass)
and Carl Gulliford (drums). However, after Carl was
involved in a serious accident, original Danse Society
drummer Paul Gilmartin temprarily stood in and this
also resulted in the introduction of Danse Society bassist
Martin Roberts who plays keyboards and adds a vital
depth to the sound.
The band started working
on the new EP Insanity last summer and it eventually
came out in spring 2014. The tracks perfectly showcase
the rolling malevolent noise that sounds as if Hades
has declared war on society and plans to launch the
first strike in South Yorkshire. Title track Insanity
is a contagious rocker with a growling vocal that sits
against a tight sound that stays on the melodic sound
of thrash and is lightened by an inspired use of sax.
Ashes Of Divinity races along at a decent pace and clearly
shows the value of keyboards in the mix. The Dogs Of
War will see the audience punching the air and singing
along in Blackpool while Infected takes the listener
into a bleak, nihilistic world that sadly, is all too
familiar. This is great stuff with maybe a hint of Killing
Joke and 1919 in there, but also with some unexpected
twists that give System Of Hate that vital individuality.
The band have also appeared with
their heroes UK Subs, Angelic Upstarts and Discharge
as well as becoming involved in an album for Teenage
Cancer benefit with the Specialised Project. They have
recorded a Madness track, Stepping in Line, for the
album which will be released very soon.
System of Hate have
some exciting shows coming up including Slamfest in
Rotherham with 999 and The Lurkers, support to Dirtbox
Disco and an appearance on the Sunday of Rebellion Festival
in Blackpool. For more info visit their website.
System Of Hate can be found at
their website and on Facebook and Twitter.
All words by Dave Jennings
whose Louder Than War author’s archive can be
found here. He is also on Twitter as @blackfoxwrexham
System Of Hate -
Insanity E.P. - Review By: Rockulus Maximus - Web Link
This is straight forward
Punk Rock music with the addition of moody keys adding
a novel element. These guys are from South Yorkshire
in the UK and are fully versed in what makes strong
and poignant Punk. Check out the song titles that grace
this extended player for examples – 'The Dogs
Of War', 'Ashes Of Divinity' and 'Infected' all provoke
imagery and curiosity.
The band is relatively
new being formed towards the tail end of 2011 by bassist
Paddy O'Neill when he looked in to forming a side project
from a band he was in called Total Confusion. With the
band being filled out By Sutcliffe brothers Dave (vocals)
and Eric (guitar) the momentum was set. Carl Gulliford
was comfortable in the drum stool and with the recent
addition of Martin Roberts handling keys, the full line-up
crackles with a dark and menacing sound representative
of a post-apocalypse attitude of unsettled annoyance
toward the world around them.
in the studio and in the live environment, they are
fast becoming a unit worthy of attention. Gigs with
Vice Squad, Sham 69, Goldblade and Peter & The Test
Tube Babies amongst many others show their true qualities.
Listen to the haunting edge given when they chant "Ashes”
in 'Ashes Of Divinity' or the spite injected in to 'The
Dogs Of War' to feel where their beating hearts settle.
The sound is rough but also easy on the ears as 'Infected'
assaults the senses. The wall of guitar is familiar
and also appropriate in the context of the other instrumentation
including the atmospheric keys, which peep over the
shoulder of what would otherwise be contemporary and
brash Punk music.
This E.P. contains four
tracks which are all short and to the point. The title
track has what sounds like a brass section adding a
quality you'd be more familiar with if you were listening
to Ska. It works well here proving that "less is
more” is suitable on occasion. Check out the evil
and brief laugh on this track as they raise the tempo
to mirror the feeling of 'Insanity'. I'm left wondering
whether an entire album by System Of Hate would be too
much, or if it would be an intense welcoming experience.
I suspect it would be a dark and thoroughly rewarding
exploit due to their obvious aptitude, energy and observation.
Of Hate – Insanity EP (Retro) - Lights Go Out
Fanzine #27- www.lightsgoout.co.uk
First off, the CD itself is frickin awesome, made to
look like a vinyl record, complete with grooves and
a black underside, already I am impressed, this is speaking
to me already. Then I spot that they thank Jonny Wah
Wah and anyone associated with that man is always worrying!
Ha ha, nah Wah Wah, you know I love ya really, in your
own unique way! So, musically System Of Hate offer up
a heavier industrial punk sound but mix in additional
instruments like keyboards and the occasional saxophone.
They have a real 80’s punk sound about them which
flirts with a darker, industrial sound. Maybe Killing
Joke-esque at times and Vice Squad too. Fact is that
this is a real dark punk affair, and I’m a fan.
I would say this lot would go down well at Rebellion,
but it seems that they’re already playing it later
this year, so if you’re going, make a visit to
see this lot on the Sunday for sure.
Creed D.I.Y. Punk Fanzine Issue #23 - System Of Hate:
'Insanity', CD E.P.
highly impressed with their last e.p. but this latest
release is even better with a new standard of songs.
They stick with the same four track format and each
one is a winner and a fine example that modern day punk
still exists and matters. The new edition of the keyboards
really lifts the System Of Hate sound which reminds
me of a mild version of Hawkwind in places. Producer
Steve Ellis deserves praise for his skills within the
studio and Andy Blower needs to be mentioned for his
fine efforts on 'Insanity'. Man, I love this band and
the way that they create punk music and put their own
stamp on it. Surely an album will follow in the near
future and I can't wait to see this lot at Rebellion.
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OF HATE - INSANITY EP - Review by FUNGAL PUNK - Web
of Hate offer sable sonic spillages from the raw and
overlooked recesses of Barnsley and do it with a forthright
and oppressing manner. The band bring much experience
to the table, an assortment of punked influences and
numerous other suggestive sonic experiences that all
bode well for the overall future of the unit. Having
reviewed one release thus far and appreciated the dinnage
I do remember myself asking for a little more variance
in sound, the question now remains as to whether or
not my request has been met and the band are indeed
pushing themselves harder and further. Only one way
to find out...
The first explosion
of intense dinnage is entitled 'Insanity', a fuckin'
superb burst of raged abrasion smoothed throughout with
a sax soaked streak that really drills its way into
your consciousness. From the opening melee through the
liquid aggression that freely pours from a tortured
soul down to the last bastard blast this is a bruising
affair that emphasises where the bands best elements
are found and when they turn up the ill temperament
levels fine skewering success is undoubtedly there to
be had. A big hitting brute of a number that will beat
you senseless and leave you perversely gagging for more.
'Ashes Of Divinity' is a less up front effort and relies
on regular nagging bassism, tribal drums, carefully
attended guitar and strong snatching gobbage. Atmosphere
is high on the agenda as the creeping malevolence of
the track unfolds and reveals a dark beating heart within.
The production values enhance all and each component
of this heavy duty outfit is given full complimentary
consideration as well as room to expire and exhibit.
A powerful song for sure and one that does well to stand
in the shadows of the opening behemoth.
'The Dogs Of War' trundles
in before futuristically sliding along on electric beams
built with cutting intent. The verses are blistered,
the chorus cutlets simple but forthright and effective.
The saturation of the sonic landscape is entire, no
area is left unmolested and what we get is a very intense
listening experience not to be shied away from. Again
the song thrives from first to last and all I can do
is applaud the obvious upswing. 'Infected' thumps, scuffles,
destroys the resistance with its malicious drive that
has similarities to its predecessors but has a very
toxic bite of its own. A bleak number ingrained with
disgruntlement and diseased determination to dim the
outlook, crush the optimism, defeat any chances of escape.
Consuming cacophony for sure.
System of Hate move
onwards, forwards, upwards and increase their effectiveness
by simply pushing themselves and honing their set qualities
- it has all proved to be a superb state of affairs.
This music hits home and has impact, I come away impressed,
the only question on my lips is can they maintain it?
I reckon so as long as they don't settle on this winning
thread and keep the fires stoked with new tuned timbers
and inflammable hunger - do it!
OF HATE – INSANITY E.P. Review by Alternative
Barnsley 13/03/2014 Web
When System of Hate rose from the ashes of local punk
legends Total Confusion at the close of 2012, this self-proclaimed
‘dark punk’ band claimed to be influenced
by Siouxise, Birthday Party, and PiL, and although debut
EP highlights, Dark Winged Immortal and Am I Evil? were
prime slabs of punk, they had more of an essence of
The Ruts than their post-punk counterparts. Since then,
System of Hate have played a shed-load of gigs all over
the UK, including support slots with Angelic Upstarts,
UK Subs, Peter & The Test Tube Babies and even had
a slot at Rebellion Festival. Last summer, Danse Society’s
Martin Roberts joined ranks on keyboards, fleshing out
their sound. And now, this month, they released their
eagerly awaiting second EP, Insanity.
If you’ve been following
System of Hate over the last year, then you’ll
be familiar with some of the songs collected here. The
good news is that, with the addition of Martin and special
guest Andy Blower on sax, System of Hate have created
some true punk magic. Within just eleven minutes, Insanity
clearly sets in stone the band’s manifesto; a
true representation of exactly what the band set out
to be from the start.
It’s opening, title-track hit you in the face
with the butt of the saxophone from the off. Its energy
is instant and the song does exactly what it needs to
do in just over two minutes.The backing vocals on the
chorus helps showcase the kind of atmosphere the boys
give off on stage. It also confirms those Siouxsie influences,
reminding me of early tracks like Suburban Relapse and
Second track, Ashes of Divinity,
is one of my favourite live numbers, and it’s
Paddy’s bass that is actually one of my favourite
things about System of Hate’s sound. The collision
of the bass, drums and keyboards are fantastic. Everything
has turned up a notch since the first record.
Suty has one of those curious snarling vocal tones that
might be a bit love hate. Now I don’t know if
it’s the various layers of vocals here or just
that his pitch is actually lower this time round, but
that snarl seems to have turned to an almighty growl,
and I like it even more now.
The Dogs of War is another live favourite. You got that
awesome bass again; and this time those keys remind
me of The Damned at their darkest. And though you have
the gothic theatrics, this political rant is as anthemic
as the likes of The Ruts and Sham 69.
Closing track Infected is a new one to me and it’s
a fine number to close on. It’s solid System of
Hate – the sound of an anti-establishment boots
marching over a dystopian gothic landscape.
From the off, System
of Hate knew what they wanted to look and sound like,
and I’m not quite sure they achieved that on the
first record, however good as it was (and it was very
good). Now, on the Insanity EP, they’ve up their
game and got it bang on! They are a band with a cinematic
sound and vision to be reckoned with. 2014 is System
of Hate’s year of punk noir!
9th of February - John Robb (Goldblade/Membranes) played
us his Louder Than War radio show on Team Rock Radio
- click on this link - then click 9th of February - WEB LINK
(Award winning journalist, Author and boss of Louder
Than War, singer with Goldblade and The Membranes.)
said of SYSTEM OF HATE -
a great powerful Punk Rock take on the Killing Joke
kind of thing. They've got the intensity, the feral
power, the tribal drumming. Really great live, a fantastically
intense show live and they are good players as well,
a good tight band. Also, the songs show a little bit
Review - 27th Dec 2013 - Leopard, Doncaster - Upstarts/Crashed
Out by PUNX.co.uk
here - http://www.punx.co.uk/angelic-upstarts-leopard-doncaster-27-december-2013
were local boys from sunny Barnsley, System of Hate.
I hadn’t seen them before, but they made a good
noise. Growling vocals, wailing guitars, all with a
screeching synth background, what’s not to like?
If I notice them playing somewhere nearby again I’ll
definitely be going along to see them."
Review - 2nd Feb 2013 - Clothiers Arms, Elsecar, Barnsley
by Alternative Barnsley Web
reason for my attendance though was to see Barnsley’s
System of Hate. It was only their second live show and
as they took to the floor in their regulation all black
– no labels, any nerves the four piece might have
had were kicked to shit with the opening number Insanity.
Garden of Gethsemane is instantly likable dark, hard
punk in the same vein as The Ruts but with lyrical themes
that are more Danzig or The Birthday Party. System of
Hate aren’t your usual Barnsley punks.
The chorus of the brilliant Fractured even has a faint
whiff of Welcome to Hell era Venom about it and on one
particular song, I thought Dave was singing ‘gutless’
but turns out it was actually ‘godless’
on God is Dead and was kind of better for it. The intro
to Zealots Path was as urgent as California Uber Alles
was and Sins of Father is a diatribe against Catholicism
and/or the government.
Even though I went in
there only knowing the four tracks from the EP, I left
knowing most of the set because every single song has
a memorable hook you can cling on to and here, just
like on their EP, my highlight is still Am I Evil?.
It’s on that number and songs like Dogs of War,
when Dave’s snarl is backed up by those reverb
heavy bass-lines and those Warsaw-like riffs that System
of Hate are at their best. They add something extra
and dark to punk without turning into some kind of parody.
OF HATE – IMMORTAL E.P. Review by Alternative
SYSTEM OF HATE
are a new punk band currently doing the live pub/club
circuit. Three of its members were/are actually in Total
Confusion, another punk band which had been active since
1978 – give or take the odd decade they had a
lengthy hiatus. 2012 sees System of Hate launch their
debut gigs alongside a debut record, the Immortal EP.
opens with it strongest tracks. These are the ones that
are furthest removed from Total Confusion. There was
nothing wrong with Total Confusion – they are
a brilliant band, but this is a different band, so it’s
better to at least sound different. Dark Winged Immortal
instantly has more of post-punk feel, especially in
that bass and the hook in the chorus has a similar feel
to Babylon Is Burning. And with added dark, comic book
themed lyrics, what a great start?! Second track Am
I Evil? opens with more of Warsaw-era Joy Division bass
line – or could it be The Cramps. Even the production
sounds like it’s come from 1979. No bad thing
at all. It’s timeless yet fresh because of it.
The anthemic backing vocals give it a great edge that
you know will come across great live.
The second half of the
disc has more in common with Total Confusion material
than the first half, albeit darker in tone. Parasites
in Paradise is angst ridden, energetic old school punk
and Sins of Father could be taken as either an anti-catholic
stance but is just as likely to be an anti-bankers rhetoric.
It’s a fine cut of prime dark punk.
I reckon this short
four song burst works even better than the last Total
Confusion album, and that is some feat. The sound has
the right balance of the raw, the aggressive, the gothic
and to be honest, the timeless. It could have been recorded
now or thirty years ago. I think it would have worked
better with the first two tracks opening and closing
the disc, but that is just my humble opinion. However,
if those two tracks are a sign of things to come, then
we are in for a very nasty treat.
OF HATE - IMMORTAL EP - Review by FUNGAL PUNK
that started at the arse-end of 2011 as a side-line
project to the wonderful Total Confusion but now seems
to be heading in the direction of becoming a fully functioning
entity in its own disreputable right. Some would say
that a few of these elderly buggers should know better
but hey - once that noise virus gets in the blood I
am afraid you are doomed to eternally dabble. Success
may come, success may go but...the raison d'etre for
the band has very little to do with this flimsy aspect
of the music industry. They are here to have fun, knock
out a toon or two and get up there and do the business
- are there any other reasons? So here is there first
eruption - 4 songs of a bleak nature and starting the
punctured ball to something akin to rolling.
aside the silence with the punishing grind of 'Dark
Winged Immortal', a song that darkly drills into the
senses with a repetitive persuasiveness mainly driven
by an insistent bass line. The pulse of the 4 wired
weapon is joined by tidy drums, highly corrosive strings
and the expected snarlish vocals. Despite being a somewhat
safely does it song the bleak essence and harsh wasteland
of doom laden rhythms work and this gets the account
of the SOH crew underway. The sable and saturated theme
continues with more regular riffage entitled 'Am I Evil'.
Gob work commands attention and is well mixed within
the weave whilst strings and sticks adopt a similar
stance to the previous track thus maintaining a complimentary
style and certain degree of consistency. Heavily delivered,
satanic and harshly dealt - this is another mid-tempo
throb to back up the initial promise.
In Paradise' slightly ups the pace factor and gets the
drums into a more active roll. The end production here
seems a trifle muffled and despite still aiming for
the scorched and thudding vibe a few lighter tones wouldn't
have gone amiss. Perhaps too similar to its comrades
that gives this one the least favourable vote thus far
but then again as a stand alone track in the midst of
less dense tones I reckon the verdict would be better.
Not bad but the band have to be careful not to stick
to a recipe they are comfortable with - always stretch
the limits dudes. 'Sins Of Father' keeps things unhallowed
and devilish with a heavy bass line starting and then
being escorted by the usual noise. Verses are terse
and chorus moments equally so and we have yet another
track in keeping with the set thread. The chance to
drop out of sync with a midway break is missed and I
consider this a faux pas and a moment gone begging when
the band could have given us something awkward to ponder
prior to the next release. Again OK but nothing outrageous.
So 4 tracks,
the opener the pick of the pops and the 3 remainder
ditties consistent and keeping on a one way track. The
band have obvious potential and I hope this is the first
slab laid down in a long and successful path but...they
must push themselves. On the back of this I would certainly
offer up a gig and do my bit to encourage progression
and get the noise out there. Worth a tootle as always
but on the next 4 tracker I expect a variation in the
sound. Just to add that this was recorded 'live' at
Nafro Studios, Barnsley by Nathan King so all in all
not a bad job indeed!