Hrizg – Individualism by Drekavac

Rating 4/5
Distributer/label: Moribund Records
Released: 2014
Band Website: http://www.facebook.com/MoribundRecordsOfficial

[ALBUM] [Hy Perion Drekavac] Hrizg – Individualism

Track Listing:

1. Bellum Omnium Contra Omnes
2. The Darkness I Witness
3. No Life After Life
4. To Leave the Roots Grow…
5. Night of the Wolf
6. When the Cryings Are for the Weak
7. The Hall of Falseness and Impurity
8. The Strong Against the Stronger
9. From Endless Blackness
10. With a Crown of Bitterness
11. The Lament of God

Band line up:

Erun-Dagoth – all instruments

Review

An almost complete lack of internet presence and the album track listing could easily lead to a pre-listener believing they’re in for superficial, elitist crap from the continental black metal underground. I was, however, nicely surprised to listen to a traditionally orientated black metal album which should entertain even the most sceptical black metal listener.

The intro, “Bellum Omnium Contra Omnes”, is a short dark yet quirky tune, with the guitar work certainly being the predominant instrument. The drum beat is varied moving from simplistic to the intense and groove. The guitar intro ends with sporadic drumming, then entering a more atmospheric sound of wind blowing Gregorian chants that cease before they are due. If it went on a little longer to build anticipation, that would have made for a more effective and dramatic introduction.

Vocally, the sound is very solid, immediate impressions are of a more old school early 90s Norwegian style towards the end of the song some clean; monk-like, vocals give the song a nice vocal variation. During the closing moments of the song, it enters a melancholic phase, the heavier instruments, with mournful ostinatos ringing out.

Throughout the song there are some good atmospheric keys which support the darker axe-work. The song keeps itself interesting by remaining varied in its delivery.

To leave the roots grow is a faster more aggressive fare so far on the album, a short song with some faster drum blasts and busy patterns, the faster guitar riffage layered with slow melodies. The song despite being short offers a lot of depth.

“Night of the wolf” starts as a more groove-some affair, somewhat striking me as inspired by Satyricon. Evenly paced, it serves as an effective contrast to the track prior. The melody wilts and flow nicely throughout the song and is comfortably placed as the song slows down and speeds up.

The Lament of god is an instrumental piece that starts quite dark with mostly sounds and samples. After some time the song leads into sad guitar melodies. A simple yet fitting atmospheric and melancholic end to a generally great album.

Full of melancholy, aggression and folky minor riffs that at times is surprisingly easy listening. The complex song writing really shines through with its atonality, yet remains refreshing as the songs progress. If anything, its minimalism and Spartan production allows for greater appreciation of its strong song writing. I highly recommend this album even to the most discerning black metal listener.

Review by Drekavac

 

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