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Since I first heard Blodsrit, many years ago, on some MP3 site, I was hooked. Young and fairly new to the black metal scene I didn’t have much to compare them to, but I was really into it. So over the years I’ve heard them develop a whole lot, and with Hinterland I’m not really sure how to judge it. They’ve still got a melodic edge as they introduced us to on Ocularis infernum, but mixing it in with the rawer sound as heard on The well of light has finally dried. And if I’m not mistaken it’s the first time they’ve used an organ and clean female vocals.
These Swedish lads have got that really old school touch, sometimes reminding me of Elite, but they’re definitely not in lost of melody and intricate twists. The shrieks of Naahz cuts through your soul, and he sounds so bloody grim, like a 200 year old ghost coming back to haunt and destroy. I absolutely love the vocals, which are sometimes backed up by clean choruses that are hard to resist, and soon you’ll find yourself singing along. Fairly intricate guitar work, although still quite straight-forward. It can be raging speed and angst-ridden breakdowns, but they never lose any of their brutality and chilling atmosphere.
It’s a bit difficult to explain, but Blodsrit manage to sound both rough and old school, but at the same time it’s melodic and clean. It’s quite a unique talent they’ve got, which definitely makes them leaders of the pack. I really love the end of Rasa, when the acoustic guitar and female vocals sets in, as it gives it such a sad aura. And that sadness is then transferred into The last moans of hope. But I’d still have to say that Sverige is my favourite track on here – it has such killer riffing and chorus, and here Naahz’ screaming really lets go. But to sum it all up this is one kick-arse album! And once again Lorenzo Mariani have created some wicked artwork for this mean band.
Originally written for www.mylastchapter.net