Hades Almighty
The Pulse Of Decay


4.5
superb

Review

by Hawks USER (71 Reviews)
July 27th, 2008 | 69 replies


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist


Hades Almighty (formerly Hades) are one of the many Norwegian black metal bands from the second wave of black metal. The thing is, not many people know about them. The thing that introduced me to this band was the movie Metal: A Headbanger's Journey. They did an interview with the guitarist and founder of Hades Almighty, Jorn Tunsberg. Jorn was involved in the many church burnings during the early 90's. Anyways, after watching the movie, I decided to check this band out. This band is pretty much in the same league as other second wave of black metal bands such as Satyricon, Gorgoroth, Immortal, Mayhem, and other bands of that nature. While this band never became as successful as any of those bands, and probably never will, they release some quality black metal.

On their early albums Hades Almighty played viking black metal similar to bands like Enslaved or early Satyricon. With this release they completely change their style to where they sound nothing like they used to. On The Pulse of Decay, the band plays experimental black metal. They mix their usual black metal style with elements of industrial, ambient, and doom metal. The guitarists play a couple different styles. They're either playing the fast black metal tremolo picking, slow doom riffs, or very technical riffs. Not tech death style techincal, but technical enough for a black metal album. The bass is surprisinly audible on this album as well. This is obviously very odd for black metal and to tell you the truth I really dont know how to describe the bass very well because its usually inaudible on most albums I listen to. Drumming on this album is handled by a man named Remi Andersen and his style of drumming also not your typical black metal style. There are almost no blast beats on this album and while they are present, they're not the main style like on most black metal albums. The drumming is pretty fast, but not in the form of blast beats. While the more slow, doomy parts are going the drummer does a great job of keeping the pace of the song. This is album is also kind of melodic. Keyboards are present throughout the album, and while they're not a main focus, you can tell they are there and they keep this album feeling very melodic and not just like another black metal album.

Janto Garmanslund is the vocalist and also the bassist for Hades Almighty, and he actually sounds like a mix of the two Mayhem vocalists, but also has his own style. Sometimes he sounds like Maniac, formerly of Mayhem and sometimes he does the unique style of vocals reminiscent to Attila currently of Mayhem. He almost sounds like an exact clone of Attila at some points, which is a good thing because unlike some people, I think Attila's vocals are amazing. Also sometimes, particularly at the beginning of Vendetta Assassination, Janto does a very weird type of vocals that are best described as sqealing. Now dont think deathcore pig squealing because thats not even close to what these sound like. There's really no way to describe them because they are very unique. Also, he does some really weird laughing a couple times during some of the songs. Very creepy, but very awesome.

Sound effects are another key ingredient to making this album really good. The band uses ambient and industrial samples throughout the album and thats where those influences come from. In the middle of a couple songs the band just throws in some weird sounding ambient parts and its pretty creepy. The industrial samples usually come at the beginning of the songs before they blast off into black metal madness. The ambient and industrial parts here and there just make the album even more unique.

After the album is all said and done, you will most likely be satisfied. The only problem is that it can get a little bit repetitive and some of the riffs start to sound the same towards the end. Other than that though this album is a hidden gem in the black metal scene. Hades Almighty definitely holds their ground and they should be heard. They're right up there with bands early Norwegian black metal bands such as Gorgoroth and Immortal. Most people just havent heard of them yet. Well this is your chance. Buy this album and also their early viking black metal albums for some quality Norwegian black metal that is sadly unheard by a lot of people.



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Hawks
July 27th 2008


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I just realized that this review is a little bit longer than most of my other reviews. I guess thats a good thing. Anyways, all black metal fans should check this album out.

FenderUsa
July 27th 2008


582 Comments


aye

Hawks
July 27th 2008


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Huh?

fireaboveicebelow
July 27th 2008


6837 Comments


so what else do you like besides black metal?

Hawks
July 27th 2008


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I like other stuff, I just like black metal the most.

Hawks
July 27th 2008


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Haha yeah exactly.

Wizard
July 27th 2008


19556 Comments


and he actually sounds like a mix of two Mayhem vocalists,

Do you mean 'the' two Mayhem vocalists? Because if it was a mix of the same guy, how would that make much sense?

Your review are all over the map. Sometimes when you show improvement (like this one), you fall right back into your own mistakes with the next one. Use this as your backbone and work from it. Besides a few errors here and there with grammar (ie. below), your best review to date. Keep at it!

While this band never got as successful as any of those bands


*Became



Digging: Nero Di Marte - Derivae

SHOOTME
July 27th 2008


2393 Comments


yeah I pretty much agree with ol wizard.

Hawks
July 27th 2008


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks guys. And yes wizard it is supposed to be "the" two Mayhem vocalists. I'll fix that right now.

Wizard
July 27th 2008


19556 Comments


Cool! Pos'!

yeah I pretty much agree with ol wizard.

I am the wise one around here! jk

Helping people instead of being a douche bag is the only way results will ever happen with a positive attitude.


SHOOTME
July 27th 2008


2393 Comments


hey wizzy, I got a new review as well!

Wizard
July 27th 2008


19556 Comments


Go look at that review ;)!

Hawks
July 27th 2008


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

So wizard you should check this out. You like experimental black metal dont you?

Hawks
July 27th 2008


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Come on guys comment this shit.

SorrowLyric
July 27th 2008


119 Comments


When you compared it to Immortal I kinda got turned off the whole thing. :/

Hawks
July 27th 2008


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Im not comapring it to Immortal at all. I said this band is just as good as all the early Norwegian black metal bands and that includes Immortal. This band sounds absolutely nothing like Immortal.

SorrowLyric
July 27th 2008


119 Comments


Okay good. But still, the second wave of black metal is not one of my favorite eras. I don't like most of the bands from that age.

Hawks
July 27th 2008


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

There's still a chance you will like this though. Like I said in the review, its experimental black metal. Its not the same shit over and over again like some early black metal. This band mixes in industrial, ambient, doom, and thrash into their black metal sound.

SorrowLyric
July 27th 2008


119 Comments


I'll still listen to it cause I did just finish your review. :3

rasputin
July 27th 2008


14550 Comments


Decent effort like wizard said, keep it up. I haven't heard of these guys, but I don't think they would wow me.



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