About two years ago, I became acquainted with the American black metal formation Vattnet Viskar (the water whispers), when yours truly reviewed their debut album Sky Swallower. It was a good, atmospheric black metal effort. The only fear I had was that this band might not stand out among the already established groups in the same genre. Now, the band is back with their follow-up, Settler, and I’m curious to see which path they’ve taken.. Read all!
Belated slightly? Yes. But we could not refrain from reviewing the 13th album of the legendary Paradise Lost. While neither being a big or familiar fan of their earlier work, I happily took on the Plague based on their gruesomely beautiful front cover. I got infected.. Read all!
Every now and then, it is inevitable that you come across an album that you are reluctant to review. Whether it is the style, your mood, or life, the universe and everything else. When a band manages to make that feeling disappear, it’s a damn good sign. This happened when Monotony Fields of the Finnish atmospheric funeral doom metal band Shape of Despair landed on my desk. While I’m usually not a fan of doom metal, Monotony Fields has got me listening intently.. Read all!
If the supreme god Voltumna of the Etruscans demands a listen, we may experience a slight tugging of our blackened souls at Metal Exposure. Who knows, maybe these Italian blackened death demons capture our souls into worshipping this foreign and forgotten deity.. Read all!
Trondheim-based black/death metallers Katechon recently released their sophomore full-length Coronation. On this record, the Norwegians demonstrate excellent skill in combining destructive, yet sometimes catchy death metal oriented drums with ferocious, atonal raw black metal elements.. 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