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Review: Häxkapell - Eldhymner

Label: Nordvis Produktion
Year released: 2021
Duration: 40:21
Tracks: 8
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: November 22, 2021
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Readers Rating

Rated 4.2/5 (84%) (5 Votes)

Häxkapell are a one-man project helmed by the pseudonymous Oraklet, who's been in a litany of other bands in the past like Sons of Crom and Chaossworn. Five years after a brief demo, he finally got around to this full-length debut, which unsurprisingly works in that vein of Swedish Black Metal akin to the likes of Dissection and Marduk, albeit a bit folkier than that usually implies. Though one-man projects are hardly uncommon these days, I'm always impressed when one ends up being this good, as it displays an understanding of composition and musicianship that plenty of larger bands can't even manage, especially here where there is a lot going on in terms of musicality and instrumentation while never becoming stodgy or unfocused in the slightest. There are plenty of faster moments to be found, but this project really shines when it slows down and gets more sinister and atmospheric, like on "Askans Drottning (Queen of Ashes)" and "Solraviner (Ravines of the Sun)", all of which is perfectly complemented by the raw yet spacious production. I can't speak for Oraklet's other work, but it seems he's found what he's best at with Häxkapell, and with any luck, it won't be another five years before he proves it to us again.

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