I happened to like the previous album Awakening of the Liar quite a bit, and the follow-up Anaclasis - A Haunting Gospel of Malice and Hatred hasn't been out of my CD-player the last week or so. It does in no way disappoint, but it took me a couple of listens to fully absorb it. The band appears to lean more towards the sound of their countrymen in Behemoth this time as well as Zyklon. The similarities are definitely there, but it never gets too obvious. It's quite clear that Hate have revitalised themselves since Awakening of the Liar. The songs are skilfully put together and balancing perfectly between being memorable and yet somewhat unpredictable. Songs like "Necropolis", "Razorblade" and "Immortality" as well as "Fountains of Blood to Reach Heavens" prove this to the fullest.
Moreover the intergraded and homogenous industrial passages that appear in the music make it sound fresh and new, not to mention adding further to the diversity of the songs. Another thing that I like is that Hate doesn't overdo the use of the industrial elements. The band has achieved a good balance in the music.
Four in score is in the lower end, but Anaclasis - A Haunting Gospel of Malice and Hatred lacks the last little tiny bit to get five in score even though it's closer to eight than seven.