Pimeydentuoja – Hellcrowned

Rating: 3.5/5
Distributor/label: Black Plague Records, Symbol of Domination and More Hate Productions
Distributor/label URL: http://www.blackplaguerecords.com/http://satanath.com/http://www.morehate.com/
Released: March 31st, 2017
Buy Album [URL]: https://pimeydentuoja.bandcamp.com/
Band Website: https://pimeydentuoja.bandcamp.com/

Band line-up:

Krig V.A. – Drums
The Agony – Guitars, Bass
Herr Razer – Vocals
Ulfurst – Bass


01. To Death…
02. Hellcrowned
03. Deiphagous Death Torment
04. Sadist Ritual
05. The Malignant Heretic Prophecy
06. Invocations Of Wrath And Fire
07. Black Dawn Revelations
08. Into The Catacombs Of Misery
09. Altar Of The Vile God
10. …And Oblivion


Pimeydentuoja is a four-piece blackened death metal band hailing from Finland, the home of many of the great underground black metal groups. Finland gave to us great acts such as Horna, Moonsorrow, Baptism, Sargeist and many more awesome bands. Finnish black metal seems to bring a lot to the plate, offering a sort of darkness and grimness that many other bands seem to lack. Pimeydentuoja when translated into English roughly means ‘Bringer of Darkness’, so they are no exception.

Hellcrowned is Pimeydentuoja’s second effort and it is a short but powerful blast of death-tinged black metal. Listening to the first few tracks, I’m reminded of other acts such as Archgoat or Beherit. They serve up a hefty offering of blasphemous black/death with ferocious, pummelling drums that pound your brain into a bloody mess. The guitars and bass provide an unwelcoming, unrelenting wall of sound that only the hardiest of listeners can appreciate. The vocals are made of up various growls, bellows and screams of a man that just had his vocal chords torn out of him. I’d say it’s very appropriate for the subject matter.

Hellcrowned’s title track really sets the stage for this album, starting off the album with a flurry of rapid drum pounding and vocals straight from the pits of hell. I love the gritty, dark atmosphere that seems to be present within this album. The best example of this is in the song ‘Altar Of The Vile God’. The track start off with thunderous bass and reverb-heavy drums that are very reminiscent of Mayhem’s De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas.  An album that sets a harsh tone like this really gets the listener invested. The movie/tv excerpt at the start of ‘Sadist Ritual’ seems out of place to me, but that is just me being nitpicky. ‘The Malignant Heretic Prophecy’ is my favourite track. I tend to like slower tracks and this song provides the right amount of heavy drums and cool riffage. It is a recipe for copious amounts of headbanging and good times.

A few complaints are that while the album goes hard, most of the riffs contained within are not very memorable and may dissatisfy listeners of more complicated bands. I also think that the album could’ve been a little bit longer. But one could also argue that if it were any longer it would take a lot more time for the listener to digest the cacophony of noise they just experienced.

All in all, Hellcrowned is an unstoppable force of unholy nature hellbent on destroying your eardrums one track at a time. It’s about as subtle as a freight train barging through your house at 3am. I’d say it’s akin to getting your face pummeled into the pavement, and that’s great if you’re into that sort of thing! I’d highly recommend this album to anyone preparing any sort of demolition operation. Give it a listen, you won’t regret it.

Review by Patrick Gordon