Through the years I sometimes lost track of this band. Especially Relentless Reckless Forever and Halo Of Blood just couldn’t get me excited for some reason; but now with the release of I Worship Chaos they totally have me back again. The album had to grow a bit on me, but now after endless spins, I fell in love with it. Read why!
Horna are back from the abyss, and have unleashed another piece of grim black metal with their newest album Hengen Tulet. Since their foundation 20 years ago, the band around mastermind Shatraug have captured the essence of the early nineties Scandinavian black metal throughout their extensive discography. Let’s see what chapter Hengen Tulet adds to this.. Read all!
The Norwegian black metal formation Tsjuder have a new album out, called Antiliv. Treat yourself to a trademark effort from this band: a hellish assault with a rhythmic edge that will get your head bobbing in instant. Antiliv is exactly the kind of album you need while the days are getting shorter.. Read all!
Swedens most famous occult rock band Ghost are back with their third offering Meliora. The band has ‘departed’ with former front man Papa Emeritus II, who is succeeded by his three month younger brother Papa Emeritus III, or, as we like the refer to him in the Netherlands: Sinterklaas (Google is your friend).. Read all!
Myrkur has attracted a lot of attention after her initial self titled killer EP. Her debut album, simply called ‘M’, is due on August 21st. Will she deliver to the standards and expectations the hype around her has formed? Two answers: (1) yes, and (2) yes – here is why.. Read all!
Hellsaw – Trist
Recordlabel: Napalm Records
Releasedate: February 24th 2012
They have existed for ten years, but they’ve been crawling out of the fields of the underground since only five years. Hellsaw is becoming a respected Black metal band. After touring with Inquisition, Shining; signing with Napalm Records; and creating a steady band line-up and playing on a lot of big festivals (including Wacken 2011), there can’t be many black metal fans that haven’t heard of Hellsaw yet! Their latest album Cold dates back to 2009, so it is about time that the Austrians come up with something new.
As soon as The Devil Is Calling My Name starts we are dragged into the black metal world. Fast black metal riffs are varied with almost doom like slower parts.
Doomed Pervades Nightmares surprised me; halfway during the song the raw black metal sound suddenly makes place for almost circus-like music (Hellsaw’s biggest nightmare is clowns?) From this plonking violin we continue to complicated music lines, bridges and rough black metal again during The Forerunner Of The Apocalypse.
What can’t be missed on the typical black metal album is the church choir singing something in Latin. And tadaaaa, guess how Death Bells starts…
With Trist, we travel deep into the heart of depressive black metal. The tempo slows down, Aries his vocals cry in despair, and the lyrics aren’t exactly the most happy ones out there either..
When listening to Silence, I can understand why Hellsaw toured with Shining. There are a lot of similarities between the bands in this song, but Hellsaw stays true to their own sound.
This album contains everything a black metal album should have according to the checklist.
An ‘ugh’ every now and then, dark lyrics, the typical black metal riffs, some of doom and depression here and there, a bit of anti-Christianity, etc. Great craftsmanship when it comes to the guitar lines! The vocals of singer/ musician Aries could use a bit more of a darker twist every now and then, but still I can’t complain about it.
01. The Devil Is Calling My Name 5:22
02. Sorrow Is Horror 4:43
03. Doom Pervades Nightmares 6:34
04. The Forerunner Of The Apocalypse 4:39
05. Death Bells 3:03
06. Trist 3:58
07. A Winter Cold 4:15
08. Beldam.1450 3:47
09. Silence 6:56