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From black to death and even beyond... - 85%

KornelKontros, January 17th, 2018
Written based on this version: 2017, Cassette, Neverheard Distro (Limited edition)

The first demo of Hamvak contains 3 ultra-harsh black/death metal songs. D its sole member makes sure to provide you a hellish portion of somber yet dissonant riffs, which mostly come in a quite primitive way. Still this option finely guarantees the quest to the dominions of uncompromising musical brutality and sheer fierceness.

Hamvak was formed in 2015 and as D interprets it is the ideological continuation of his former black metal entity named as Solus. But we can call it as further transformation to the new level of ascending darkness as well. The lyrical themes and graphical motives are all loaded with heathen ingredients, such as ancestral legends, superstitions, rituals and sorcery.

The music itself has a commitment to the canons of heathen black metal too, just listen to the intro of the opening track called "Altars of Thousand Plagues". The down-tuned guitar sound brings an additional stout to the songs of "I", while the drum parts mostly come in a monotonous and almost hypnotic way. The only fancy riff or let's say Gorguts-influenced one is located at the beginning of the second composition that was titled as "Chants of the Primordial Pantheons".

The songs are rather long as each of them lasts more than 6 minutes and 30 seconds. The relevant cover artwork and layout design was processed by Anvil Kvlt. If you are into heathen black/death metal bands then check this obscure stuff at the following link!

Originally published at the website of Encomium 'zine.