1349
Hellfire


4.0
excellent

Review

by Shadows USER (89 Reviews)
October 31st, 2005 | 85 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist


Amidst seas of mindless music fans shunning black metal as a genre of satanic noise and worthless musicianship, 1349 comes to remedy the ailment of the people. Liberation and Beyond the Apocalypse were lessons in the art of true, necro black metal, but Hellfire is a volatile concoction poised to put them all to shame. With 1349ís newest released to the inhabitants, black metal has again been taken to the next level. Dark atmospheres are prevalent throughout the album while unique melodies intertwine with bizarre vocals. One can only wonder where in hell music such as this may have spawned. I myself was surprised at how much 1349 has grown musically, and Hellfire is living proof of that.

This album flourishes with a newfound style that 1349 did not utilize on their past two albums. While Liberation and Beyond the Apocalypse seemed to bear a wall of noise with every song sounding similar, Hellfire has improved greatly. Each song has unique traits that make it stand out from the others. Songs have a display of styles ranging from the epic title track Hellfire to the aggressive Sculptor of Flesh. This album is eight completely different songs, something that many black metal bands fall victim to. The atmosphere featured on this album is outstanding, partly thanks to the vocals of Ravn. His scream is unlike any Iíve ever heard in black metal. Instead of a high shriek, Ravn sounds partway between traditional black metal screams and forceful thrash shouting. It is quite peculiar and is in no way forgettable. The production is also a valuable asset, aiding in the dark sound of the album. The raw, abrasive, necro sound has a very bleak and somber feel without sounding as though it was recorded on an answering machine in a Norse forest. Instances such as the intro of From the Deeps sounds very grave, yet harmonious.

Frost is an important influence in the band, and not just for his drumming. Much of Hellfire sounds like old Satyricon. The melodic and atmospheric sound of the tremolo picking riffs of Nathicana are strongly reminiscent of Nemesis Devina, something all black metal fans can appreciate. I Am Abomination sounds as though Satyricon and the past works of 1349 were combined into an impulsive mixture, and the end product is delicious. The sounds all come together in a well-played record, with instrumental work that tops most black metal bands. From the Deeps features and addictive guitar solo thirty seconds into the song. The aforementioned title track Hellfire is an epic black metal composition worthy of praise for its shadowy melodies and solemn atmosphere and manages to stay completely entrancing for the entire 13:49 duration.

Hellfire is a release that will excel in its own ground for some time. I have yet to hear a black metal band that executed such a memorable combination of melodic and atmospheric metal. Fans of black metal will love this, and fans of metal in general will have nothing but respect for such a record.

Recommended tracks:
Nathicana
From the Deeps
Hellfire

Pros:
- Excellent atmosphere
- Melodic and heavy sounds combined perfectly
- Commendable musicianship
- Great variation among songs

Cons:
- Production may be a turnoff to some
- I predict much negativity over Ravnís voice



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Aakon_Keetreh
October 31st 2005


448 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

good review....i really like his voice...its very unique

Ace_of_Bass2112
October 31st 2005


257 Comments


another great review from Shadowsfallen. The production is always a turn of for me, thats always been kinda the thing thats held me back from getting into Black Metal

Dancin' Man
October 31st 2005


719 Comments


I'll listen to this. 1349 are one of my favorite black metal bands.

Shadows
Moderator
October 31st 2005


2530 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I really recommend this. In my opinion, this destroys their last two albums.

Aakon_Keetreh
November 1st 2005


448 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

ya i really dont like the bad production....i try to listen to black metal bands that have good production but there hard to find but i still listen to the bad production stuff like Emperor: In The Nightside Eclipse and Darkthrone stuff

RiceMonster
November 1st 2005


62 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good review. I was just listening to this album, and I'll agree that it's better than there past albums. Frost never fails to amaze me with 1349.

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[quote=Destined_for]i try to listen to black metal bands that have good production but they're hard to find[/quote]
No it isn't. :-

but i still listen to the bad production stuff like Emperor: In The Nightside Eclipse and Darkthrone stuff

Neither of those bands have bad production. Emperor has clear production, and while Darkthrone doesn't, that's how black metal should be produced. So I can undersatnd the Darkthrone part.

Arrakakaka
November 1st 2005


685 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nattens Madrigal from Ulver is an example of raw production. It hurts my ears. It's like the production on 1349's Liberation, except worse and more trebly.

About negativity on his vocals in the future, I concur. He's lost his high pitched screech.. This Message Edited On 11.01.05

Shadows
Moderator
November 1st 2005


2530 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Either way, I love it. His vocals add to the sound of the album. Every aspect of this comes together wonderfully to make a great atmosphere. Definitely some of the best new black metal.This Message Edited On 11.01.05

Arrakakaka
November 1st 2005


685 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Most new black metal blows. But 1349 is keepin' it real.

Did I just say 'keepin' it real'?

Oh balls..This Message Edited On 11.01.05

Priestmetal
November 1st 2005


542 Comments


Are these guys CRAZY Black Metal like Gorgoroth?

Arrakakaka
November 1st 2005


685 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Well.. I haven't heard much Gorgoroth. If you mean lots of super-fast blast beats, 1349 has alot of songs like that. I haven't listened to the rest of this album, or much of it (hehe), but I like what I'm hearing. Ask ShadowsFallen.

RiceMonster
November 1st 2005


62 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

[quote=Unstable_Mind]Nattens Madrigal from Ulver is an example of raw production. It hurts my ears. It's like the production on 1349's Liberation, except worse and more trebly.[/quote]
Man, I fucking love the production on that album.


Shadows
Moderator
November 2nd 2005


2530 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Gorgoroth is alright I guess. I'm sorry to say I've never heard Nattens Madrigal.

Arrakakaka
November 5th 2005


685 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Say WHAT?! Never heard it? I'll send it if you'd like.This Message Edited On 11.05.05

Werny
December 21st 2005


148 Comments


I love the raw feel of this, especially with the fierce vocals. I've only heard one song (To Rottendom) and my lord, I thought all black metal was about hitting the snare as fast as possible, screeching 'til your throat bleeds and playing chords so fast that all you can hear is fuzz.

I was wrong.

I love the near-punk style... wow I'm just ranting about one song. Rest assured I will get this album.

seimgalamoth
January 30th 2006


2 Comments


I think 1349 is awesome, they got their name from the year that the plague first hit Norway. I myself believe they stick to the true black metal spirit.


canadapantsman
March 4th 2006


236 Comments


this album was a disappointment... it wasnt bad but it wasnt that good either, and the keyboards didnt impress me at all, though the guitars are dang fast.

Shadows
Moderator
March 4th 2006


2530 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

There are no keyboards.

canadapantsman
March 4th 2006


236 Comments


that explains that

Werny
March 20th 2006


148 Comments


[QUOTE=Review]The aforementioned title track Hellfire is an epic black metal composition worthy of praise for its shadowy melodies and solemn atmosphere and manages to stay completely entrancing for the entire 13:49 duration.[/QUOTE]

No one else noticed? These guys are so true.



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