|Review: Beorn's Hall - In His Granite Realm|
|In His Granite Realm|
Label: Naturmacht Productions
Year released: 2019
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: April 9, 2019
Reviewed by: Bruno Medeiros
for:In His Granite Realm
Rated 3.75/5 (75%) (4 Votes)
Beorn's Hall was formed in 2016, and like many other cult, underground acts of the extreme metal genres, have been releasing music non-stop since their inception, with In His Granite Realm already being their third effort through the realms of the "Bathorian" style of black metal. As the band and album name suggest, what we have here is a larger-than-life display of pagan themes and musicality.
There are parts that feel sort of schizophrenic, with lots of epicness and grandiosity in the vein of Falkenbach mixed with a '70s aura and traditional metal riffs, all while drummer/vocalist Vulcan growls his way into Valhalla. This may sound too much for the weary listener, and brother, when you get to the final parts of the title track—a 12-minute long mass of different styles and instrumental approaches—it kind of is. There's much beauty in it as well, though, as the Bathory/Havukruunu atmosphere makes for a cool listen if you dive deep into the pagan stuff.
In His Granite Realm is pompous and epic in an almost annoying way, but when they get their shit together and get things right like on "Old Men of the Mountain" and "To Ride at Midnight", for example, the music is extremely competent and cool. Recommended for fans of the bands I mentioned in the review, as well as for those who enjoy nature-themed black metal.
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