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Recorded in dust - 83%

lordazmolozmodial, May 30th, 2013

True black metal will not die, because there are a lot of groups that always try to produce and create more awesome black metal music nowadays, one of these professional groups is the Finnish band Horna. This band has always presented real and grim blackened masterpieces to the metal scene, and this year the band provided the scene with their 8th full-length album "Askel Lähempänä Saatanaa" that doesn't sound different than the previous ones, the same brutal message and the exact spirit of music are presented in here.

Ten abyssal tracks full of hate and mischievous sentiment with Finnish lyrics are caving this record, the old school black metal riffing is one of the best features here, especially with the angry shouting vocals that add a lot of hate and irritation to the tracks. Many slow-paced guitar riffs with calm tempo exist in this record too, but on the other hand there are many grinding and insane fast guitar riffs with blasting drums, and such moments will blow your speakers from time to time while listening to the album, these tempo variations are really interesting and they make every track a new journey through the album. The fans of Sargeist, Behexen, and Baptism are into this type of angry black metal sound, and they will also love this record that has been released by the label "World Terror Committee", because the elements of the dusty old school black metal sound and the cold production are making every moment enjoyable.

The artwork describes the tracks of this album with black and white colors and a burning temple. Antti Saukkonen, the designer of the artwork who has also designed the artwork of the latest Alghazanth's album "Vinum Intus", has been selected to sum all the flooding riffs of this album and translate them into a piece of art. The tracks "Ota Omaksesi Luoksesi" and "Kärsimyksin Vuoltu Hänen Valittuna Äänenään" are my favorite tracks in this record, because the touches of extremism and earnestness are merged with the melodic tremolo Pickings of the lead guitar, creating a void of ancient spiritual sight in front of the ears of the listeners. The frozen beats of the drums are covering the fragile sound of the bass, making the crashes and the high-hat hits louder than anything else sometimes.

If you're a loyal black metal and you're searching for a grim black metal release that proves that true black metal is not dead, then you have to pick your own copy of this release now from World Terror Committee and start living this angry-dusty journey of non-stopping black metal mischievous melodies.

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