The opening and self-titled track for Hashem’s EP, New Life, sounds like it came from the late ’90s or early 2000s, and it’s poor production really hurts the feel of the album. About a minute into the song, the growls of “New Life” and its attempts at thrash metal are really the only things clear. The guitars sound flat on the EP; the vocals have no sharpness, no range and nothing that really engages the listener. The very subtle but technical drums hint at what can be, but right when the drums really start to get going, they are either covered up with a guitar solo, or the song will end. If the band were to bring the drums forward, focus less on the thrash and tone down the guitar solos, there could be a base for them to improve upon. However, their constant clashing of instruments reflects very poorly in their music.
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