Hallucinator are a band from Oakland, California that plays an esoteric mixture of black, death and thrash metal and this is a review of their 2020 album "Another Cruel Dimension" which will be released on February 14th by Carbonized Records.
Synths start off the album while also using a variety of many different sounding keys and at times they also mix in with the heavier sections of the music. When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are also done in a very dark, old school and melodic style and when the music speeds up a great amount of blast beats can be heard.
Elements of thrash metal are also utilized quite a bit throughout the recording along with the vocals being black metal screams which also mix both the first and second waves together. The music also mixes in a great amount of mid 80's to early 90's era death metal influences but keeps it modern at the same times.
Throughout the recording you can also hear a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts as well as all of the musical instruments also having a very powerful sound to them. At times the music also captures the atmosphere of a classic sci-fi or horror movie and some of the riffs also add in a small amount of melody. As the album progresses a couple of instrumentals are also added onto the recording and they also do a cover of R.A..V.A.G.E's "On They Slay". The production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover esoteric, dark, violent and alcohol themes.
In my opinion Hallucinator are a very great sounding esoteric mixture of black, death and thrash metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Clotted black Blood" "Ruthless Transgression" "Mad Reaper" and "Chapel Perilous". 8 out of 10.