Hot Graves are a band from Gainesville. Florida that plays a mixture of black, death, thrash metal and crust punk and this is a review of their compilation which consists of their 2020 ep "Haunted graves" and 2015 album "A Magnificent Death" which will be released as a single album in February by Redefining Darkness Records.
A very heavy thrash and crossover sound starts off the compilation along with some black metal screams a few seconds later. The songs also bring in elements of d beat and crust punk while all of the musical instruments on the recording also have a very powerful sound to them.
Throughout the compilation you can also hear a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts. When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are also done in an old school extreme metal style while the music also mixes in a great amount of death metal elements as well as the faster sections of the songs also adding in a lot of brutal sounding blast beats.
A small amount of melody can be heard in some of the guitar riffing which also utilizes some tremolo picking during the faster sections of the songs. Growls can also be heard at times, on the full length the music also goes for the same direction of the ep but with more melodic guitar leads as well as adding in some elements of hardcore punk and all of the music also sticks to a heavier direction. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover occultism, darkness, death, blasphemy and hatred themes.
In my opinion Hot Graves are a very great sounding mixture of black, death, thrash metal and crust punk and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Haunted graves" "Ruination Supremacy" "Night hag" and "Dead Wizard Mountain". 8 out of 10.