Review Summary: Horde spits in the face of Unholy Black Metal
In 1994 the biggest black metal bands came from the Norwegian underground prominent bands like Mayhem and Burzum seemed to be truly satanic, writing satanic lyrics and even going as far as to burn churches. It seems as though it is a bizarre genre that wouldn’t exactly bring in christian listeners but it seems it did. Australian musician Jayson Sherlock calling his music, Holy UnBlack Metal, wanted to “bring light into the darkness” as he says and give an alternative to what everyone in the Unholy Black metal scene was listening to.
On to the music, honestly the music, being the buzz saw guitars, shrill screeching vocals and blastbeat drums are exactly what you would expect from a black metal band of this era. They are however played exceptionally well and are very enjoyable. The vocals like most black metal with it’s intentionally bad production has very difficult to understand lyrics, unless you are a die hard black metal fan you would have trouble really understanding what is being said, but are preformed well and are very intense and wicked sounding, again like most black metal of the era.
In conclusion Horde’s Hellig Usvart is a seminal Black Metal album, or UnBlack Metal album and any Black Metal fan who can get over the fact that the lyrics are based in Christianity would thoroughly enjoy this album.