Koen S. : Whoredom Rife slapped us unexpectedly against our ears in 2016 with their self-titled debut EP and slapped us again against our ears with ‘Dommedagskvad’ in 2017. A year and a half later, their second full length called ‘Nid-Hymner Av Hat' will be released by Terratur Possessions once again. The band was founded by V. Einride and K.R. based on new ideas and old ideas dating back as far as the early nineties. The idea behind the band is to breathe new life into the art form and lifestyle that they know as True Norwegian Black Metal.
That being said this Norwegian winter storm indeed blows everything down on 'Nid-Hymner Av Hat’. Even the very fine and subtle bass lines between the crunching riffs and sometimes monotonous drum parts take part in the demolition works. The cold-hearted, harsh and brutal vocals from K.R. give you goosebumps, while the melodic riffs continue to rip everything to shreds. The full and bombastic sound of the snare drum and tom toms are giving the album an even heavier feeling. The songs are significantly longer than on their previous releases, and the Norwegians have written their longest track to date with ‘Ceremonial Incantation’. From the laid-back opening, over the Satyricon-like structure to the spooky vibe, the recurring guitar riffs and the terrifying reverbed vocals: this song has everything you need in a black metal song and it is a stunning ending of a stunning record.
I hear Darkthrone (Transilvanian Hunger), Gorgoroth (Incipit Satan anyone?), Urgehal (Arma Christi) and some other classic Norwegian bands. Therefore not only influences of their earliest works, but of albums from the mid/late nineties and that with a modern, refreshing approach and a production that was not available back then. Whoredom Rife has found its own way to continue the second wave of black metal.
'Nid-Hymner Av Hat' is an untamable wild beast that takes out fifty minutes on the deboning of anyone who dares to listen. Don't miss out on this release and just put it on the shelf next to this year’s other gems of Terratur Possessions, near the latest albums of Mare, Darvaza, Manii, Devouring Star and Knokkelklang.