VONÜLFSRËICH
Hyperborëan Hills
(Fallen Temple)
36:31min

Finland is known for its aggressive, shrill Black Betal. There’s a particular sound that when you hear it, you know it’s Finnish. VONÜLFSRËICH doesn’t follow that sound. And though I personally adore that country’s form of Black Metal, the band changes it up a little with a less furious atmosphere which is still quite enjoyable. The riffs are fairly simple, yet effective. The drums aren’t pounding at 100 miles an hour, unless they’re adding a little Punk / thrashiness to the mix. And the vocals sound like an angry Muppet, but in a good way. ‘Ruumiskirja’ opens their first full-length with a steady flow of waspy guitars and vocals that blurb out a raspy “Uhhhh!” which we all like to hear as we settle down into a trancelike state of Metal euphoria. The band named the second track after themselves and it’s a raucous barn-burner. ‘Rankaiseva Kasi’ will have you up on your feet in no time smashing anything in your path, as ‘Vaellus’ slows it down a notch in a smooth melody before thrusting its demonic hips at the world’s vagina in a cataclysmic ejaculation of blood-drenched satisfaction. ‘Surumarssi’ is a somewhat repetitive track that catches you in its grasp and holds you tight as the aural sound embodies your black soul. ‘Gyromantia’ (hopefully not written about gyros) crashes and smashes its rapid way through our eardrums as Yonulf’s vocal cords spout out who knows what. ‘Soil’ and ‘Jarvi’ wrap it all up in a solid package of Metal glory. There are no complicated riffs in “Hyperborëan Hills”, and it doesn’t fucking matter. VONÜLFSRËICH deliver an album to be proud of while offering a different sound than the norm in their country. After a large array of EPs, the band’s first album is a nice mix of Metal that we can pump our fists to. For more info, check out www.facebook.com/vonülfsrëich-764485383640064, www.fallentemple.pl

David Simonton

David Simonton

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