Kohti Yhdeksan Nousua
I got this disc through a trade, and not having heard their previous CD or
demos, I didn't really know what to expect from Horna. Needless to say, I
was quite pleased when I threw this disc in the stereo and was greeted by
pretty damn good black metal.
From a musical standpoint, these guys are competent musicians. There's
loads of good riffs on this CD, the vocals are up to par, and the drumming
is quite solid as well. To top it off, all of the tracks are performed in
an aggressive manner. Since this is a MCD, let's break this thing down
track by track:
1. Orkkivuorilta- This was a good song to start the CD with. The music
immediately caught my attention, often reminding me of (good) Satyricon in
2. Imperial Devastation- For some reason, I really like the first riff in
this song, so of course I enjoyed this track. It gets a bit bland in places,
but picks back up as the song goes on.
3. Sword of Darkness- This song opens up with a series of great riffs that
are somewhat reminiscent of Norwegian black metal acts such as Dødheimsgard,
Isvind, and others. It's nothing original, but is very effective and adds
yet another good song to this disc.
4. White Aura Buried in Ashes- Simply devastating. This song rages heavily
in the beginning, yielding to a more melodic and climactic finish near the
end of the track. Great stuff.
5. Sormus ja Silma- I don't know why, but Darkthrone comes to mind while
listening to this track. It's mostly slow-paced and evil, and near the end
the song breaks into typical fast black metal fury. Overall, it's an
6. Outro- To be honest, this is just filler.
I'm quite impressed with this MCD. It's aggressive, dark, and has the
appropriate spirit of black metal, which is rare these days. Hopefully Horna
will continue to produce good black metal in the future. Check these Finnish
© 1998 baalberith