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Förgjord: Sielunvihollinen

Dirty, filthy, raw black metal from the Land of the Thousand Lakes, Förgjord's Sielunvihollinen is a tour de force in chaos and evil. Musically, the album falls under the rubric of raw black metal. Utilizing the power of primitive riffage and tremolo picking, this release should definitely be right up the alley of any fan of the genre. Despite the hateful rawness of this album, there is actually plenty of melody to this album - just check the last couple of passages of 'Musta Lintu' and the bridge of 'Niin Lihassa kuin Veressä' as well as 'Tulilahti 1959'.

The aesthetics of present day black metal, such as tremolo picking, blastbeats and harsh scream-growled vocals, are present on the album, but Förgjord als draw extensively on more old school black metal elements such as an influence from crust punk and primitive thrash metal. Moreover, there are loads of heavy doom-laden passages, such as the extended bridge of 'Ei Kuoleman Arvoinen'. So, despite its black metal single-mindedness, there is actually a sense of variation to this album.

The production is raw and lo-fi with razor sharp guitars, muffled drums and distorted vocals which dominate the mix. The bass is quite audible, actually, which is perhaps unusual for this type of music. This type of production is not really my cup of tea and I find it disturbing, but I can definitely hear that a lot of interesting things are going on in the music, and, of course, lo-fi productions are a feature of the genre of raw black metal, so I am sure that a lot of hardcore fans of the genre will totally enjoy this aspect of the record.

Raw and filthy, yet strangely melodic and heavy, Sielunvihollinen is probably not for the casual music listener, but dedicated fans of black metal are bound to love it for its hateful and raw quality.

Terack listing:
1. Suokaste
2. Ei Kuoleman Arvoinen
3. Musta Lintu
4. Niin Lihassa kuin Veressä
5. Tulilahti 1959
6. Sudeksi Syntynyt
7. Sielunvihollinen
8. Viimeinen Myrsky

Added: January 31st 2012
Reviewer: Kim Jensen
Related Link: Förgjord @ Metal Music Archives
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Förgjord: Sielunvihollinen
Posted by Pete Pardo, SoT Staff Writer on 2012-01-31 08:30:29
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Raw and savage, that's probably the best way to describe the latest Hammer of Hate release from Finland's Förgjord, titled Sielunvihollinen. This is pretty brutal stuff, featuring some of the most raw production values I've heard in some time, absolutely maniacal screeching screams, thunderous blast beats, and manic tremelo picking from guitarist Valgrinder. Another duo, the other partner here is vocalist/drummer Prokrustes, and he truly sounds like a man either possessed by demons or someone being tortured throughout this CD.

Thankfully the band mix things up quite a bit here. "Musta Lintu" contains some crushing doom passages, which offset the furious blasting of tracks like "Ei Kuoleman Arvoinen" and "Niin Lihassa kuin Veressa", the latter also having some crust punk elements to go along with the brutal black metal. "Tulilahti 1959" even has some traditional metal riffs, which in a way kind of sound out of place here, but do help temper the non-stop assault a bit. Toss in some chilling atmosphere on "Sudeksi Syntynyt" and you have a varied platter of primal, raw, and atmospheric Finnish black metal for all to savor. Some of it might be way too noisy and chaotic for some, but there's enough here to recommend to any fan of brutal music.

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