BLODHEMN “Holmengraa”

Norwegian black metal in 2012 might be as hot an entity as in the 1990s but there are still some treasures to be found. Don’t know if Blodhemn will be treasured but this is black metal the way we’ve heard a thousand times before. Nothing wrong with that if it is done well. And good this is. Black metal that is very basic and raw just like early Burzum was or Darkthrone before they went all punky on us. Do not expect any greater symphonic moments on this album. This follows in a tradition of simplicity that was started by Hellhammer back in ancient times. If you like Mayhem’s masterpiece then this will be one for you. Just don’t go expecting anything as great as that album. This is still a pretty good black metal album. Anders Ekdahl

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