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Review: Blodsrit - Helveteshymner

Label: Adipocere Records
Year released: 2004
Duration: 40:34
Tracks: 9
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: January 1, 2005
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating

Rated 3/5 (60%) (7 Votes)

This one caught me by surprise, as while I had heard good things about Blodsrit, I had not expected them to be this good. This is the third full-length from a band who started out on and now rank as one of the better Black Metal bands, certainly one of the better ones from Sweden, which is usually better known for Death and Power Metal.

Musically Blodsrit do not really break any new ground. Unsurprisingly, there is a certain resemblance to countrymen Marduk, most strongly in the heavier guitar tone and generally good production values. However, Blodsrit are not addicted to speed, and while they do play fast sometimes, they mostly stick to heavier midpaced riffs with a lot of catchy melody. Hard to pick favorites on this album, as like a lot of BM the songs don't have all that much identity, but overall the album is very enjoyable, if not as memorable as it could be. A point of interest is the track "Solitude" which is a cover of the Candlemass song, and I am surprised at how good it sounds all harshed up.

So this is a good one. Much as I would like to say Blodsrit are totally unique, they really are not. But with a heavy guitar sound and some killer riffage, they have produced a quality album that stands out in an overcrowded genre. Recommended.

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