Original 2007 press on black vinyl with printed innersleeve. Limited 1000 copies
Apparently Corvus and Shatraug one day decided to record an entire concept album and for some odd reason leave it unreleased for three or so years. Despite lacking half their line-up, Shatraug manages to pull off all the instruments while Corvus provides vocals (all in Finnish, of course) in the form of his trademark ‘tormented screeching’ style. The album is based around the concept of the Black Plague, which felled ~75 million people in the 14th century. The way Horna have been able to create such a convincing dark atmosphere of death and decay and on this album, reflecting the plague-ridden era, is very impressive. Due to the fact that the album has been written to reflect a certain concept, the album really doesn’t sound that much like other Horna’s works. Shatraug’s personal guitar style is still there, as are Corvus’ familiar vocals, but the sound is different. Horna’s last full-length featured much catchier songwriting than their previous albums, but on this one they’ve done the exact opposite: the songs are muted and monotonous. The last track on the album in particular consists of over 20 minutes of nearly nothing but a muted blast beat with no fills at all, accompanied by about two alternating riffs and very sparse vocals. If you’re just trying to get into this band or Finnish black metal in general I’d suggest the band’s earlier albums, ‘Envaatnags Eflos Solf Esgantaavne’ in particular, but for any true Horna fan this is essential.
1. Raiskattu Saastaisessa Valossa
2. Noutajan Kutsu
3. Mustan Surman Rukous
4. Ääni Yössä