Monday, October 31, 2011

The Horde/The Blackest Reign/Stormspell Records/2011 CD Review

The Horde are a band from Iowa that mixes thras and classic metal with melodic death metal and viking metal and this is a review of their 2011 album "The Blackest Reign" which was released by Stormspell Records.

Drums range from slow, midpaced to fast drumming with a good amount of blast beats being thrown in, while the bass playing has a very dark tone with riffs that follow the riffing that is coming out of the guitars and at times they sound very powerful with some traditonal sounding bass riffs..

Rhythm guitars range from slow, midpaced to fast riffs that combine thrash and traditional metal with melodic death and viking metal with alot of melodies being thrown in, while the lead guitars are very melodic and classic sounding metal guitar solos and leads, as for the classical guitars when they are utilized they use finger picking and full chords to give the music a 70's metal feel.

Vocals are mostly high pitched melodic death metal screams with some shouting style vocals being thrown in at times, while the lyrics cover Norse Paganism and Mythology, as for the production it has a sound of an 80's recording but mixed in with a band that is playing a more modern style of metal.

In my opinion The Horde are a very good thrash/melodic death/viking metal hybrid and if you are looking for a band that combines those styles together, you should check out this recording. RECEMMONDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Hell beast Of The Pale Frost" "Odin's Blood" "War God" and "Vengeance For A King". RECEMMONDED BUY.

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