Hostium – The Bloodwine Of Satan

Rating: 3.5/5
Label/Distributor: Iron Bonehead Productions
Released: 2016
Buy Album: https://ironboneheadproductions.bandcamp.com/album/hostium-the-bloodwine-of-satan
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/hostium/?fref=ts

Track Listing

1. Through Realms OF Oblivion/Holy Spirit Of Satanhostium
2. Bloodwine Chalice
3. Arcane Deathwomb
4. From Soulless Ruins
5. Epitaph
6. Thirst For Destruction
7. Heathen Burial

Band Line up

Chernobog – Bass
Luzifaust – Drums
Necrovermin – Guitars/Vocals

Review

The first thing that I thought upon my initial listen of “The Bloodwine Of Satan”, the debut album by Hostium, was that it sounds rather Norwegian. I was wrong, for Hostium are in fact from deepest, darkest Canada. I can only assume that the Northern cold was an influence on their sound in the same way as with their Norse brethren.

Album opener “Through Realms of Oblivion/ Holy Spirit Of Satan” fizzes out of the speakers menacingly, all ringing chords and warped vocals augmented by monastic chanting. The beginning part of the song seems to last an epoch, and was becoming tiresome, but the band save the day by launching into a bruising, full-on assault. Next up is the venomous onslaught of “Bloodwine Chalice”. Its pace is quite slow, but minatory, with its simple but effective riffing. The baleful “Arcane Deathtomb” drools like a xenomorph, as Hostium’s fantastically named vocalist Necrovermin works himself up into a frenzy. Indeed, he sounds like a man possessed. This is followed by the icy, velvetine “From Swollen Ruins” which is simply savage, and the creeping barrage of “Epitaph”, which is gnarly like an old oak, but attacks like the trees in “The Evil Dead”! Unfortunately momentum is lost by the saggy, uninspired riffs of “Thirst For Destruction”, but the band return to form with “Heathen Burial” which sounds akin to the unhinged philanderings of Carpathian Forest. It is putrid and disgusting in the best possible way.

“The Bloodwine Of Satan” is by no means flawless, but the flaws are mostly in the production/mixing side of things. For instance the drums sound like wet cardboard boxes and the bass is far too high in the mix. These are minor niggles, however. There is a lot to like here. The band experiment with a variety of tempos, with occasional moments of macabre ambience. The vocals are positively feral; Necrovermin howls and snarls like a rabid wolverine. Hostium aren’t quite there yet but they aren’t too far off. Definitely a band to watch.

Review by Owen Thompson
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