Rarely do we see the individualistic minds of the Scandinavian black metal scene openly cooperate on a scale as seen on the in memoriam and last album of Urgehal, dedicated to Trondr Nefas Bråthen (28 May 1977 – 13 May 2012). He was lead singer and guitarist and is a dominant spirit in the bands’ final work. His fellow band members decided to release Aeons in Sodom, with friends and colleagues in crime to help finalize the last chapter in the discography.. Read all!
Sometimes we come across albums that is hard to describe when it comes to saying what they make you feel. You know, those albums that you can keep listening to and where find new layers in the music every time you listen to it. An album that does not get boring, no matter how often you hear it.. Read all!
It has been three years since the latest Rotting Christ album, Kata Ton Daimona Eaytoy, has been released and now they’re presenting us with their new work of art: Rituals. Even though Kata Ton Daimona Eaytoy didn’t get as much praise as its predecessors Theogonia and Aealo, I still pretty much liked it and was excited to hear Rituals. Read all about Rituals here!
Ever since the ground breaking record Cosmogenesis (2009), the German technical/progressive death metal formation Obscura has set a high standard for themselves and other bands in the genre to live up to. With the follow-up of the acclaimed Omnivium, Akróasis (‘hearing’ or ‘listening’ in Greek) the extremely talented musicians have raised that bar to dazzling new heights. The words ‘their best work yet’, are often applied too easily in reviews. This time, it is spot on.. Read all!
Finland. The country of the moose, long winters, a frighteningly beautiful landscape and (probably) the best Scandinavian vodka. The country that also brought forth both some of the best and cheesiest heavy metal bands known to mankind. Where does Omnium Gatherum fit in with their new record Grey Heavens?.. Find out here!
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