1349 Hellfire
3.7 Release Date: 2005
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4.0 excellentNidhogg | September 29th 11

Though "Beyond the Apocalypse" was my personal favorite, this is the best in terms of quality, technicality, drums, and vocals. It is like a path, a path that the young explorers of black metal must take reference to. But though you can stray away from the path and head towards symphonic, progressive, folk, or death tenanted styles of black metal, the road shall always be there for black metal musicians to follow. Still, like all black metal albums repetition is a foe, but this time repetition seems to not be an issue, for each song seems different in the atmosphere of it, not in the melodies maybe, but the vibe nevertheless.

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4.0 excellentrc1288 | April 27th 10

What the fuck? where did this come from? I was really blowed by this the first time I put it on my stereo, I wasn't especting something as heavy as Hellfire, not by 1349. Ok, the previous album is quite good, but is not nearly as heavy, chaotic and simply brutal as this. One thing you could argue is that this has almost no atmosphere, but damn, it doesn't need it at all.

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4.5 superbkezef | July 7th 07

Production here is deliberately poor (but not grim poor) to establish atmosphere without which the fuzzy, raw and unsettling sound 1349 unleashes could disappoint rather than satisfy. Hellfire is as much a throwback to the old as it is a (hopeful) forerunner to a new wave of black metal; 1349, with their built in influences yet unique sound could help establish a bridge between the true norwegian black metal of the early nineties and a future wave that could bypass the now trendy symphonic school of black metal. If more modern bands took influence from 1349 than from the generic run-of-the-mill heap from 1996-pres. there could indeed be a future for the genre.
This album is consistently good but does not mesh together into one massive opus, rather distinct tracks each evoke separate sounds for easier listening. Guitar melodies repeat, driving into the listeners skull as barbaric drumming lends a wall of sound through which machine-gun tat-tats that could be called percussion punctuate evenly. Ravn's unique voice lends its own charm to the album, avoiding the cookie-cutter Burzum rip-off shrieks or any other often imitated never duplicated tricks of the genre. The cohesive whole of the album, individually well-orchestrated components assembled to the end of a sum greater than its parts, earns it a place next to the res of my favourites. If all goes well for black metal and it does not die out or inflate with trend-hungry leeches, Hellfire may well be the De Mysteriis dom Sathanas of a decade later; a classic bound to inspire imitators and heirs.

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