ENVAATNAGS ENOS SOLF ESGANTAAVNE
Finnish black metal troupe Horna takes the traditional approach on this eight-track offering, on which the titles of songs and lyrics are all in Finnish. While this may detract purists that seek to understand every word sung, the sheer underground rawness of tracks like “Vala Pedolle”, coupled with a minimalist molten melody, make for a fine listen when yearning to thrash about. Like most in the genre, this corpse-painted sect who’ve been around since 1993 keeps the vocals high pitched and screeching and the rhythms low and pounding. Yet the guitar riffs are flexible and fluid, setting the tone and commanding the pace of the tracks with vicious execution. Exploring more grooves than most, Horna’s latest sojourn into sacrilege is ripe for the death metal fan looking for unadulterated aggression.