HORRID "Evils Birth"
Here it is, so long waited album for Horrids fans (Milan, Italy), and first of all for the same musicians! What do we have? Painted some face on a cover and that is all from pictures. And in the beggining you can not say something about bands music style(if you don not know ofcourse). Songs divided on three groups: first - 4 songs from "Blasphemic Creatures" MCD (1998), second - 5 songs and outro from "You Are Mine" Demotape (1994), and the last - 4 songs from "Live In Turin Italy" (1996). Each group is a part of full lenght album, and without one, band could released whole three! Okey, talk about material... Album without intro, but something same you can hear on a first song "Misunderstood God", which started with dogs barking, with bells ring and thunders uproar... It is a best albums part (by it is quality and content). Second part begins very interesting also. Some unknown person trying to understand someone, that this someone his own?!. And after this goes black metal! By the way, at the end of a second part there is outro, pleasant and calmn completion of this act under sounds of surf... Third part its concert part and its first song very power("Obscurity"), guys decided to show, that they came not to play in a sand. It was pleasure for to hear some solo riffs (what I can not say about album St. Anger (Metallica)). You can discern parts by it is quality, they all in black metal style (sometimes with death moment) with cool vocal (growling) and there are no keys.
HORRID "Rising From The Hidden Spheres"
Oh man, do we have some early 90s Swedish Death Metal here. At least it sounds like it. Even this acts Facebook page clearly references the times of ancient Death Metal. Am I thrilled now? Well, yes and no. There is no right answer to this because there is one part in me that absolutely loves this old-school, ridiculously down-tuned Swedish Death Metal style but another part wants me to move on without looking back in time. This Italian Death Metal hordes second album, Rising from the Hidden Spheres, was released on Spains Xtreem Music in 2006 though it was originally supposed to be released by More Hate Productions. After nine long years it has finally landed where it was supposed to start. Listening to Horrid, it is safe to assume these Italians have listened intently to Death Metal troops like Nihilist, Carnage, Dismember, Gorement, Nirvana 2002 and such, and fallen in love with their sound. Unfortunately, something is missing and Horrid simply has not captured the same magic that can be heard on releases like Dark Recollections, Left Hand Path, Like an Ever Flowing Stream, The Ending Quest and so on. They make a good attempt but the results are so-so. Rising from the Hidden Spheres will not give you an eargasm unless you happen to be a die-hard fan of early 90s Swedish Death Metal and little else.
HORRID "Rising From The Hidden Spheres"
Always searching for more Old School Death Metal I stumbled over this Italian band and this their second full-length album. In the meantime these guys count five full-length releases and some EPs and splits proving that they seem to do something right. Not taking any risks they chose some of their Swedish heroes for the blueprint of their sound. Thanks to the European Union it was no problem to import one or two HM2 pedals from Sweden to create that buzz-saw sound we all came to love. The guitar tone is very similar to the ones that made Entombed and Dismember famous. Down-tuned and raw the riffs are raging through the speakers. The chords are also reminiscent of the ones that came out of Sweden in the nineties. There are some variations implemented using some start-stop sections and a lot of tempo changes. Most of the time the songs are moving in mid-tempo but there are certain outbursts of speed and aggressiveness. Where some of their peers tend to place a lot of doomy and viscous parts within the tracks Horrid opt to keep the tempo higher. There are not really many blast-beat sections but overall the speed and intensity stay on a certain level over the whole record. The songwriting is quite interesting as it seems to be a bit less catchy than what Swedish OSDM fans are used to. It takes a few listens to fully appreciate the songs as there are no immediately accessible refrains and also the solos are not as highly melodic as on comparable albums. This leads to a darker and more serious, sometimes even melancholic atmosphere. I am bit reminded of the Eye of Purgatory album “The Rotting Enigma” by the grand Rogga Johansson where compared to his other bands and projects he exchanged a bit of the catchiness for atmosphere while the overall sound has been kept intact. “Rising from the Hidden Spheres” works with a similar mixture of epic and atmospheric elements woven into a bit more subtle songwriting. That does not mean that we are talking about Prog or Technical DM etc. – the core sound is still traditional SweDeath. The production is flawless putting the chainsaw sound of the guitars to the forefront without burying the other instruments or the vocals. Speaking of which the singer offers quite a lot of variation here. In fact I had to look up if there has been more than one lead singer at work but nope – just one person. The standard is deep growling but there are also parts with sick screams and some kind of gargling sounds to be found. The instrumentation is top notch with not only the guitarists but also the rhythm section playing on a pretty professional level. Having originally been released 2006 by Xtreem Music there has been a re-issue by More Hate Productions. As a fan of this sound I am happy to add another nice gem to my collection.
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