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Much needed in any Horna fan's collection. - 87%

Sigillum_Dei_Ameth, November 11th, 2009

Compilations are tricky. They are either good representations of a period of a band's career, a short offering from the band up to a certain point in order to make unavailable material more available, have extra goodies on it with brand new material, OR a fucking cash-in from the greedy record label. Thankfully for Horna doesn't suffer from the last option. Horna's first and probably best compilation comprises of;

- 1997 "Hiidentorni" demo
- 1998 "Kohti Yhdeksän Nousua" debut LP
- 1999 "Permia Vihassa Ja Verikostossa" EP
- "Ordo Regnum Sathanas" recording session

That's not too shabby considering how many black metal bands don't get around to putting out a well-rounded compilation so early in their career. For the most part you do get a damn good sound production and fairly heard instruments. There are some parts where the sound differs a notch below or above but it doesn't go from golden to absolute shit.

First CD is excellent all the way through. "Hiidentorni" has been a favorite of mine for a long time. Their first demo is a must have. This is the third or so pressing of it and it still has the original raw sound. "Kohti Yhdeksän Nousua" is pretty damn clear compared to "Hiidentorni" considering that not a lot of black metal bands never get their first LP with a decent production. so right away, the first CD is an instant winner. Second CD opens up the "Perimä Vihassa Ja Verikostossa" EP. It has one or two good cuts on it and for more detail on it see my review for the actual EP. Which now we come to the "Ordo Regnum Sathanas" section of the second CD. 5 brand new tracks recorded by Horna for the compilation alone. These 5 tracks are in league with the first CD as far as quality, better direction, and overall sound. There is one point at the beginning of "Ihmisviha" which has Satanic Tyrant Werewolf trying to attempt at a high falsetto vocals but it's an obvious attempt to show that Horna has a sense of humor.

Outside of the "Perimä Vihassa Ja Verikostossa" EP on the 2nd disc, I really have no complaints at all. Also the artwork done by Kris Verwimp is fucking excellent. If I had to rank it in terms of other Horna album covers it would be in the top 5. If you are lucky to track this down, pick it up. It's worth the investment from a GOOD black metal band with a prolific career.