Shatraug and Spellgoth have outdone themselves with this Horna album. Absolutly punishing black metal in the best and most traditional way yet still retaining thier own uniqueness. Best album of 2020 without any doubt. If you like this album then also check out Shatraugs other band STRIGES on the WTC bandcamp page, also another classic , how the fuck does Shatraig keep this level of quality up Favorite track: Elegia.
We proudly set December 8th as the international release date for Horna's highly anticipated tenth album, Kuoleman Kirjo.
By now, Horna should need no introduction. For over 25 years now, the Finnish black metal institution - founded by uber-prolific guitarist/songwriter Shatraug (Sargeist, Behexen, et al) - have built a vast, virulent body of work beyond compare. In fact, when one mentions "Finnish black metal" nowadays, the name Horna is immediately invoked...and for good reason. Simply put, their vision of unapologetic BLACK METAL is proud and pure, and played with an intensity and finesse that's familiar yet unique.
While it's been five long years between full-lengths, Horna have kept busy on the live front and, of course, hailing the ancient ways through splits, EPs, and even a live album and a Japanese-exclusive recording. In that interim, too, the lineup has shifted once again, with Shatraug and equally long-standing vocalist Spellgoth and guitarist Infection remaining, and the arrival of drummer LRH and bassist VnoM making their first recorded Horna album appearance with Kuoleman Kirjo. As can be expected, this lineup shift has reinvigorated the band, but also underlines how enduring and singular the Horna sound is. The preceding Hengen Tulet, released in 2015 via W.T.C., retained a foully headbanging aesthetic - well, as much as Horna can be conventionally "headbanging" anyway - with a nightsky melodicism coursing through those chilling veins. No less chilling, if not more so, Kuoleman Kirjo takes on an altogether-moodier aspect, with tempos remaining nearly as fast but the riffing of Shatraug and Infection showing a more contemplative side - somber at times, folky at others, but righteously classic in a most '90s manner. In fact, one could compare Kuoleman Kirjo to early Horna touchstones as Kohti yhdeksän nousua and especially Haudankylmyyden mailla, but in a more streamlined form - and one more asskicking, as per this lineup's utterly tyrannical stature onstage.
The past is alive because the present is dead; there is no future. Horna thus continue to stand immortal, and Kuoleman Kirjo is the only firmament on the foreseeable horizon.
Composed by Shatraug and Infection. Lyrics by Shatraug.
Arrangements by Horna.
Recorded and mixed at Demonspeed Music:
Mastered at Trollhouse Audio.
Cover photos by HZ.
Band photo frames by Kirill Svart.
Horna symbol by Kris Verwimp.
Layout, additional illustrations and typography by Spellgoth.
Band photos by Roni Sahari, Tommi Niukkanen, Ulla Saari and Nikky Holmes.
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I've kept this album in my wishlist for a year waiting for the right time, right place. I think this is it now, for reasons known to me. And it's possibly one of the most important albums of this time (together with Mgła's Age of Excuse).
Worse still, one of the most important works of art of this time: not just in metal and not just in music.
And OK, my lovely one from them.
How tf anybody can call DsO fascists because of this remains inconceivable to me. YomaBarr
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Few artists inspire sinister eerie terror like Akhlys. Glassy smooth distortion laced with C64 Pulse wave Synths interlaced with guitar harmonies, and a vocal style that screams "terrifying dream demon screaming at you while you sleep" almost literally. Inspired by Orphic myth, This band conjure unsettling feelings from their music that entrances the senses but with a warning of dire terror awaiting you. Close your eyes.... Akhlys dare you Unhallowed Remains