Horrenda
Neronian Times


4.0
excellent

Review

by BurntSynapse USER (20 Reviews)
August 4th, 2016 | 39 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Tortured passion.

Be alone. Hate life. Die miserable. Depressive suicidal black metal (DSBM) shrieks lyrics from an asphyxiated throat about these themes. Its atmosphere is bleak and nihilistic. These traits generally set DSBM apart from the larger black metal family tree. Lo-fi production, tremolo-picked guitar, and cold dissonant riffs are shared between the two. Darragh “Outis” O’Connor walked the left hand path with DSBM when he conceived Horrenda – a solo Irish experimental black metal project. Rooted in the Norwegian second wave, Outis maintained a no frills approach to his sound. This persisted throughout his first few releases. His songs were drenched in abrasive lo-fi walls of noise. It induced a sense of claustrophobia; it reeked of despair.

Now this madman seeks a more visceral sound. He wants something heavier so he can increase the intensity of his live performances. On his latest release, Neronian Times, Outis continues to carve his multi-instrumental talents. The traditional Norwegian and DSBM insignias remain, but he strikes an accessible nerve that throbs with death metal.

Neronian Times is total chaos. To some, the record will sound like a mess. In a sense it is, but it’s intentional. The title track opens with a shrill guitar riff; it’s so loud that it may scare you. Within seconds, a black metal cacophony erupts with tremolo riffing and blasts. Outis croaks undecipherable lyrics. It slows to a head banging crawl, then gallops into death metal double kicks. In a flicker, an acoustic passage burns as the Great Fire of Rome once did. The song careens back into madness. Other tracks on Neronian Times are not as sporadic as this, but they showcase Outis’s versatility. “Brathadόir” exhibits his filthy vocal range; one that contorts between guttural howls and a suffocating gurgle. He explores the occult soundscapes of hell with noise producer Harsh Discipline on “SHODAN”. In just six songs, Outis treads a surprising number of musical terrains and influences even if they are short-lived.

Neronian Times is ambitious in its experimentation. Some parts don’t flow well, however. These can best be described as awkward passages where the instruments sound out of sync. The piano outro on “Riastrad” carries little weight behind its sound sample. The opening riff in “EYE” plays against the drums a bit too much and creates a confused rhythm. Fortunately these moments are brief and the songs make up for their aforementioned missteps. Horrenda is still in its infancy. It will take time to see how far Outis can push his black metal experimentation, but he’s shaping up to be a blasphemous musician. If the tortured passion found in Neronian Times is any indication, he has plenty more sins to commit.



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BurntSynapse
August 4th 2016


132 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Constructive criticism is always welcome. You can listen and download the record here:



https://horrenda.bandcamp.com/album/neronian-times

Hawks
August 4th 2016


86681 Comments


Gotta jam this for sure.

MarsKid
Emeritus
August 4th 2016


21030 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Good review. Sounds pretty interesting and loud and dark. Will check eventually.

BurntSynapse
August 4th 2016


132 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I hope you like it :] I'm not well versed in black metal at all, so my review may be optimistic in how well it fares relative to the black metal family tree.



Also, I really dig many records off of your list; it will take awhile to work through them all!

Mystletainn
August 4th 2016


4049 Comments


I feel like the first few sentences that describe DSBM aren't necessary, other than that I think this is an okay review.

Hawks
August 4th 2016


86681 Comments


Yeah bro just keep going through the list you'll get more acquainted soon enough. m/

BurntSynapse
August 4th 2016


132 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, they are and they aren't necessary; I'm not well-versed in the genre. I just tried to give some context to avoid alienating readers.

MarsKid
Emeritus
August 4th 2016


21030 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Hawks has a big ol black metal list, check it for some recs if you'd like.

Hawks
August 4th 2016


86681 Comments


That's the list he was talking about bro lol. At least I think it is.

MarsKid
Emeritus
August 4th 2016


21030 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

O woops. Well, keep checking it then.

BurntSynapse
August 4th 2016


132 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@Hawks, to be honest, black metal was never a "go to" genre for me. I actually avoided it for quite some time, but after listening to this record and some on your list, I've found it to be one of the most fascinating metal genres. It could be because of its history, but I can't pin it down quite yet.

BurntSynapse
August 4th 2016


132 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@ Hawks and Mars, yes that is THE list! I was not clear in my reply.

Mystletainn
August 4th 2016


4049 Comments


black metal is easily the most rewarding and varied sub genre of metal, if you like metal and won't listen to it you're missing out.

Hawks
August 4th 2016


86681 Comments


I always say it, but bm is easily my fav metal subgenre. I love death and doom and all that, but there's nothing like bm.

MarsKid
Emeritus
August 4th 2016


21030 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

An additional BM rec I'd give that's in that sort of depressive vein would be As All Light Leaves Her by Advent Sorrow.

Hawks
August 4th 2016


86681 Comments


Advent Sorrow is decent. I haven't jammed that album, but their one EP is ok.

MarsKid
Emeritus
August 4th 2016


21030 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

It's completely different from the EP. They cut the symphonic elements and head for a much different path. Visceral vocals, hazy production, pounding melodies. It's a huge improvement.



It's not for everyone, but if you give it a shot you might end up loving it.

BurntSynapse
August 4th 2016


132 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I am just beginning to learn about black metal's intricacies and variations. Please throw more recs at me as I have a lot of time at to listen to music.



@ Mars, that's is the first record I will listen to tomorrow, thank you :]

Hawks
August 4th 2016


86681 Comments


I'll jam it soon too. m/

Mystletainn
August 4th 2016


4049 Comments


check darkthrone + bathory as a starting point, make a list to ask for recs later once you've heard some stuff.



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