Review: The dominant influence here is Immortal, but that comes through mainly in the love of melody and the vocals, with the added touch of heavy, low, thundering horses'-hooves bass drumming.
The addition, which some may interpret as gimmick but I think works much, much better is the use of acoustic guitar over unearthly black metal pushed slowly into the background. It follows the style of the more competent Scandinavian material, with flowing melodies interweaving with some intriguing death-metalish riffs played without as much of a rough-cut emphasis, building songs which rise and extrude and then return to lay more potent vocals over some beautifully-executed metal.
1. From Hornedlands to Lindisfarne
2. Thy Winter Kingdom
3. Summoning (of the Ancient Ones)
4. The Dance of the Pagan Flames
5. Blackvisions of the Almighty
6. Fields of Haar-Meggido
Of the immediate second wave of black metal, this is one of the better options. Simple and often unsurprising but aesthetically beautiful and rhythmically well arranged. Out on Wildrags in the US.
Review: After a lengthy instroduction this EP opens into modernized versions of the slow and simple tunes of Behemoth's first album. There are four tunes here of which one is a Bathory "tribute" soundalike, leaving two solid fast black metal songs and one more epic tune where Nergal, the egomaniacal force behind this band, informs us that he played all of the instruments and not just guitar.
Of these remaining black metal songs, they are fast and simple in the style of Immortal's first album, using riffs that develop across languid song structures that preserve an emotional state for dissection in the simple bends of a few riffs. Nothing super complex but it works.
Integration of other instruments and use of layered song structures reveals where Behemoth is powerful, where some of these riffs that age toward the archaic reveal where they (he - Nergal) are not. Nonetheless this is expressive and architected music.
1. Transylvanian Forest
2. Moonspell Rites
3. Sventevith Storming near the Baltic
4. Pure Evil and Hate
5. Forgotten Empire of Dark Witchcraft