Heavy news by Katha
Thanks to my huge affection for the land of fire and ice, I’m always getting curious when I read about the appearance of a new band from this amazing country. And, although I’m honestly not a big black metal fan, this one caught my attention.
Slithering in the cauldron that is the Icelandic black metal scene, HELFRÓ emerges with fury and competence rarely seen. Written by Ragnar and arranged by Símon, a debut album has been recorded with unforgiving precision and profound musicianship. It is meant to channel the hopeless and empty feelings that have been concentrated from the frozen wastelands from which the band emerges.
Shrilling guitarwork and unforgiving blast beats weave together a soundscape that rarely leaves room for thought. It is an aural attack, seducing the listener to the barren and desolate black sands where the realization of futility and loneliness sets in heavier than anywhere else.
The band members, veterans in extreme music, have created this project as an audio representation of the endless arctic darkness. The self-titled debut album is gonna be released on April 24 via Season of Mist. In anticipation of this, they now present the song “Ávöxtur af rotnu tré”. Check it out:
Band links: FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM
The cover artwork was created by View from the Coffin:
1. Afeitrun (05:40)
2. Ávöxtur af rotnu tré (04:19)
3. Eldhjarta (03:53)
4. Þrátt fyrir brennandi vilja (04:17)
5. Þegn hinna stundlegu harma (03:49)
6. Hin forboðna alsæla (04:28)
7. Katrín (05:20)
8. Musteri agans (04:50)
Genre: Black metal
Ragnar S: Composition, drums, vocals.
Símon Þ: Arrangements, guitars, bass, vocals.
Ragnar S: Drums, Vocals
Simon Þ: Guitars, Bass, Vocals
Gísli S: Clean Vocals
Recording studio: Studio Emissary
Producer / sound engineer: Stephen Lockhart / Simon Þ.
Mixing studio and engineer: Stephen Lockhart
Mastering studio and engineer: Stephen Lockhart