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Swedish extreme metal veterans Necrophobic return with HRIMTHURSUM, a 12-track affair whose blackened metal pretense and hate-lined song titles like “The Slaughter of Baby Jesus” should raise quite a few eyebrows amongst the metal community. Demonstrating the kind of old school evil on cuts like the Slayer meets Immortal tune “Bloodshed Eyes”, only a band who played alongside luminaries like Celtic Frost and Bathory can conjure up this kind of conviction. Overall, HRIMTHURSUM showcases this quartet’s intriguingly menacing mid-paced black metal whose demonic drive never wanes, especially on the haunting track “Sitra Ahra”, a stomping track whose eerie chorus and atmospheric aura transfer you directly to Hades. Prepare the altar for this one, folks.
- Mike SOS