|Review: Horna - Musta Kaipuu|
Label: Moribund Records
Year released: 2009
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: November 7, 2009
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 4/5 (80%) (17 Votes)
Horna. One of the most prolific bands in Black Metal – maybe not in number of full-lengths, but the number of splits and EP these guys appear on is quite impressive. Musta Kaipuu is a collection of rare and unreleased material (apparently from the Envaatnags Eflos Solf Esgantaavne recording sessions) and as such one would expect this to sound a bit disjointed, but things here flow pretty well overall – nothing sticks out as "not belonging". It's Horna – no surprises here, the guys do what they do best: Raw, heavy Black Metal with no frills whatsoever (if you like your Black Metal symphonic, run away.) This stuff is surprisingly catchy – I've been spinning this one for over two weeks and a few of the songs are just stuck in my head, not something all that common in rawer Black Metal. Many songs here have a bit of a Carpathian Forest-ish "Black ‘n' Roll" vibe that purely and simply gets you hooked, and you'll just keep hitting the Play button to get your fix. Even the demented, sometimes chilling screams (no pretty singing here) can get sing along-inducing at times (I wouldn't try that out loud, however.)
While Musta Kaipuu is not a bona fide full-length, it sure feels like one. If you're into Horna, this is a no brainer, and if you like a dose of raw Black Metal with tons of hooks, this is definitely worth looking into.
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