With all of the venom and hatred that the Swedish black metal outfit Horde of Hel lives and breathes they bring you their latest release, “Likdagg”. Delivering a relentless slab of black metal it seems like the band has taken a different direction from their last album “Blodskam”. Stripping themselves mostly of the electronic effects and distortions that they’ve used in the past, the album comes across as a raw form of pure brutality.
Keeping with their anonymity, names won’t be revealed but the vocalist delivers a powerful performance with ongoing maliciousness and aggression.
The guitar work remains heavy with a dark atmosphere and crushing riffs throughout. “Works of the Holy” is an interesting track giving a full sense of eeriness with haunting whispers and twisted vocals thrown in. They then return with full savagery on their next track, “Forintelsens”. The drums really stand out with “Med Vapen I Hand” and the chugging guitars bring in more of a melodic rhythm. The title-track is incredibly symphonic that are along the lines of Dimmu Borgir with atmospheric keyboards and a morbid chanting in the distance. “Celebration” delivers the vocals with nothing but evil ferocity and is probably one of the rawest tracks on here.
This is definitely a step in the right direction for Horde of Hel, for those who weren’t to favorable of “Blodskam”, you will want to give “Likdagg” a listen I don’t think you will be disappointed!
Review by: metalwahine
|Band: Horde of Hel||Album: Likdagg|
|Label: Regain Records||
Release: May 20th, 2011
|Genre: Black Metal||