Horna – Hengen Tulet

Rating: 4/5
Distributor/ Label: https://wtcproductions.bandcamp.com/
Released: 2015
Buy Album: https://wtcproductions.bandcamp.com/album/hengen-tulet
Band Website: http://horna666.com/Abyss/ and https://www.facebook.com/Horna-Official-194755433889352/

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Band line-up:

Spellgoth: Voices
Shatraug: Guitar
Infection: Guitar
Hex Inferi: Bass
Vainaja: Drums

Tracklisting:

1. Amadriada
2. Ajan Päättyessä
3. Nekromantia
4. Tämä Maailma Odottaa
5. Saatanalle
6. Puhdas
7. Ikuisuuden Kynnyksellä
8. Sodan Roihu
9. Hurmos
10. Profeettasi

Review:

Finnish black metal collective Horna are known for causing quite a stir with their electrifying performances and previous endeavours. Their latest output Hengen Tulet represents something of a throwback to black metal’s second wave and demonstrates that the purified and undiluted black metal still exists and has by no means lost its edge.

The band leap straight in with the vicious attack of ‘Amadriada’ as the dissonant guitars and speedy drum work take root. Vocally, everything remains misanthropic, and it becomes quickly evident that the band draw from influences such as Mayhem.

‘Nekromantia’ crashes down with a weighty landslide of guitars and gruesome snarls. Despite the slower pace, the band don’t lose their savage sounding forge, as the tight cymbal brushes and muddy bass work give everything an authentic and unpolished feel.

The record remains on par with these qualities from the blast beat assault of ’Saatanelle’ to the hateful void of ’Sodan Roihu’, a track that is reminiscent of Taake’s more stripped down guitar tones.

The record goes out in style with ‘Profeettasi’, as the grinding guitars and consistent drumming pave the way into nightmarish landscapes. With little deliberation, the vocals erupt with infernal rasps as the blast beats pummelling endlessly away.

What’s obvious about this record is that the band have dug deep within themselves to unleash a beast such as this. You may have thought that this kind of monstrosity died somewhere in the mid to late 90’s, but it has once again reared its head from the darkness. To some, this may sound like an old friend returning, to others it will come across as a replica of past successes. In some ways, the album falls short as there is a distinct lack of innovation and willingness to step out what has come before. However, those who miss the sound of black metals’ golden age will no doubt see this Horna as a renaissance within the genre. Darkthrone once said in Transylvanian Hunger: “So pure, so cold” and it sounds like Horna may be on the verge of becoming the next flag bearers of this ideology. Great work.

Review by Ben Spencer
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