Horncrowned – Rex Exterminii (The Hand of the Opposer)

Rating: 2.5/5
Distributor/label: https://www.facebook.com/KetzerRecords/
Released: 2020
Buy Album: https://horncrowned.bandcamp.com/album/rex-exterminii-the-hand-of-the-opposer-track-album
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/Horncrowned/

Band line-up:

Demongoat – vocals, guitar
Ferat – guitar
Necroräv – bass
Dying B. – drums

Tracklisting:

1. Rex Exterminii (The Hand of the Opposer)
2. The Second Death
3. Ultima Combustione
4. Unrepentant
5. Incendium
6. Burnt Offering
7. Die Judicii
8. Confrontation
9. Armamentarium
10. Crushing The Anointed One

Review:

Horncrowned are a South American extreme metal band who formed in 2001. Their goal has always been to create the fastest and most ruthless black metal from Columbia. They have shared the stage with many elite acts such as Dark Funeral, Marduk, Belphegor, and Impiety, amongst others. They will be releasing their fifth album ‘Rex Exterminii (The Hand of the Opposer)’ on 20 November 2020. It was mixed and mastered by Demongoat at the Demonic Attack Studio and consists of 10 tracks.

These guys sure aren’t afraid of repetition. It’s extremely fortunate the guitar themes they use are often pretty strong (if cliched in style), otherwise there would perhaps be little of interest the instrumentalists could bring to the table. However, many times the riffs are slightly dull, and as the album goes on you may think ‘Hey, have a I heard this before?’ On the plus side, whilst their approach to music is simple, that only draws the listener more to the totally evil vocals without him being distracted. However, even something as welcomed as passionate Satanic shrieking gets tiresome here eventually. Thus, it would be greatly appreciated if there was at least one more tone on offer, here. 

Whether they are the most brutal and speediest of all black metal acts in Columbia, I don’t know but I know for a fact they’re not the most extreme in the world. Their aggression levels don’t exactly stand out as anything out of the ordinary. Mayhem for example sometimes play even faster, and don’t expect the supergroup’s level of inventiveness, here, in any shape or form. Whilst many would appreciate the fact Horncrowned aren’t reliant on computers to make them sound good, whilst not sloppy, they’re not the tightest band in the world and that only detracts from the heaviness. 

In conclusion, this album isn’t that bad most of the time, but it’s easy for the listener’s attention to wander when everything is flat out aggressive, the singer only has one very limited style and the album is in one very consistent mood. The riffs are basic, (which again is sometimes ok and not so ok) the drumming is as blast-beaty as you can expect and the bass parts are even simpler than the guitars, which is rarely something to be excited about. The listener may wonder why there are so many tracks on this album. It would perhaps be a much better experience if this was an EP with only the strongest cuts. A pretty forgettable release, but nothing stands out as terrible in any way.

Review by Simon Wiedemann
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