Ah Iceland. The land of scorching springs, lava fields, volcanos and metallic bands with names which have so very many accent marks. Whereas the Icelandic language is painfully difficult to be taught for outsiders, the worldwide language of heavy metallic makes the music of the nation a lot simpler to understand. Considered one of many proficient bands that is put this devastatingly chilly island nation on the metallic map is Helfró. This black metallic ensemble is again with their highly effective sophomore launch entitled Tálgröf.
Tálgröf, in keeping with Helfró, is a file that’s impressed by the darkish manifestations of the human thoughts. It actually sounds prefer it, with its intense and darkish rhythmic passages. Nevertheless it additionally comprises extra somber sections that present a piercing introspection on life’s existence. Any such darkish contemplation is totally obvious within the frigid and distant “Ildi Óhreins Anda.” This tune, the band explains, is about mendacity, manipulation and the harmdoing that comes with these aforementioned actions.
Hearken to the brooding tremolo because the monitor begins solely to yield to a filth-inspired verse that options layered vocals coated in simply the right quantity of grime. It is a highly effective monitor with some downright mesmerizing Helfró drumming by Ragnar Sverrisson (who places on a freakin’ clinic on this file btw). A close to excellent tune that’s recorded brilliantly.
Equally spectacular is the lower that was featured because the file’s lead single, “Fláráð Fræði.” I don’t know how one can even try to pronounce the title of the tune however I merely do not care. Simon Thorolfsson‘s guitars do a lot of the talking right here in a fashion that instantly grabs maintain. This explicit monitor, like many on this new file, has a big quantity of demise metallic affect in each the sonics and the rhythms, making this new file a little bit of a departure from Helfró‘s debut. On this respect Tálgröf is extra akin to a band like Norway’s Zyklon than something that is pure black metallic. This tune comes with a superbly directed video by Guilherme Henriques.
Much more demise metallic vibes might be discovered on “Traðkandi Blómin í Eigin Hjartagarði.” This explicit tune showcases Helfró slowing issues down only a contact and even provides slightly tinge of commercial so as to add texture to the composition. This single shouldn’t be fairly on the stage as the primary two that have been launched, but it surely’s nonetheless a stable lower nonetheless.
With 9 quick and punchy tracks from Helfró, it is a file for many who like their blackened demise metallic at a reasonably quick clip. It is 35+ minutes of a barrage of killer riffs, crushing blast beats and even some melodies right here and there. Actually an ample quantity of fabric right here for a lot of to like and it is simply in time for the very beginnings of the winter season.