Saturday, 19 July 2014

White Medal - Guthmers Hahl

'Guthmers Hahl'
White Medal
2013

Review by Elek Malcolm-Madill

Genre/s: Raw Black Metal
For Fans Of: Ildjarn, Sump, Auldfued, Bone Awl, Furdidurke, Cirrhus

Yorkshire, England band White Medal's first and thus far only full-length album is punishingly heavy- it IS extremely lo-fi and unpolished as you would expect of a raw black metal release but it moves by pretty slowly so don't expect the shredding punk elements of Bone Awl if that's what you're after in this one. The extremely low, guttural vocals contrast the higher-pitched guitars that reminded me very much of Ildjarn (especially on tracks like "Ar Deeard Moor") in the background, as the drums become the true force driving the weight of the album. I loved the heavy use of cymbals alongside the crude bashing of the drums as the light "ting, ting, ting" coasts by alongside the rest of the production and gives it another great layer of sophistication. Getting into the grim and pagan histories of the musician's given area is nothing new to black metal, but it's interesting how White Medal put their own spin on it, using old Norse-influenced English which is apparent on pretty much every track but the first which I found kind of interesting as well- all in all be sure to throw this one on nice and loud if you find any of this appealing.

TRACKLISTING:
1. Return of Pagan Yorkshire
2. Guthmers Hehl
3. Us Tiem Ut Bitter Folk
4. Ar Deeard Moor
5. Skratje's Gate
6. Afeeard Ut Setting Sun 

3 comments:

  1. so lo-fi i go-cry

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  2. I love this album, just putting up a review of my own on my blog. Not as detailed and as knowledgeable as yours, but i gave it a good try- http://therorshachrant.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/black-metal-music-review-guthmers-hahl.html

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