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Haiduk
Spellbook
August 2012
Released: 2012, Indie
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: JP

Canadian Metal Spotlight-Part 1



About once (or twice) a year or so I’ll dig down deep into the frozen permafrost of the Canadian Metal scene and share some worthy releases with a wider audience. Since we don’t get summer up here in the Great White North I’ll bring you a little cold front of Metal albums and do a quick review of seven recent albums by newer bands from coast to coast. Being a Canadian writing for a Canadian site it is the least I can do, in a patriotic sense, to help give a little exposure to my fellow Metallions of the north but that doesn’t means they get a free ride, just because they are Canadian! These bands actually deserve your attention;



Demona (Quebec)

Haiduk (Calgary, Alberta)

Kemilon (Montreal, Quebec)

Striker (Edmonton, Alberta)

Titan’s Eve (Vancouver, British Columbia)

Valfreya (Montreal, Quebec)

Ye Goat-Herd Gods (Calgary, Alberta)



Please feel free to check out the other reviews in this feature. Next month we will feature:



Auroch (Vancouver, British Columbia)

Begrime Exemious (Edmonton, Alberta)

Black Moor (Dartmouth, Nova Scotia)

Dark Forest (Calgary, Alberta)

Maglor (Calgary, Alberta)

Odium (Walkerton, Ontario)

Ze (Calgary, Alberta)



Enjoy!



I reviewed the Haiduk demo PLAGUESWEPT back in late 2010 and I’m very pleased in the progression that this one-man band has made. It’s not necessarily better, I thought the demo/debut was very strong but the direction has changed. Haiduk, founder considers this collection of songs his first real album, not a collection of the demo stuff from before. SPELLBOOK quite dramatically increases the tempo and intensity. It’s faster, heavier, darker and a little less of the pagan/folk influence. SPELLBOOK is ten ripping tracks of Blackened Death/Thrash…you can hear all sorts of things going on but a bit more streamlined and focused. Again, not better, just different. What is better is the packaging and production. The SPELLBOOK booklet is kind of like a spellbook in itself, each page has a glyph or rune and the lyrics to the songs. The red and black colour scheme works well and it looks great. Very little is known about Haiduk (the man) but he does it all himself. The production is very good for an independent job. The drums are loud and upfront where I like them in the mix.



The pace of the album is quite relentless, but there are enough tempo changes to keep it fresh. There is a real sense of urgency and speed. Many people talk about a driving pace, this is one album that has that feel and all ten songs blow by in just over thirty minutes. His vocals are pretty gruff but not completely unintelligible. The vocals take a bit of a backseat to the riffs and songs as a whole, it’s not a super wordy album, the lyrics are too the point. The buzz about Haiduk is growing and I’m not surprised, SPELLBOOK is a very intense listen that will impress most fans of extreme Metal.
Track Listing

1. Lich
2. Stormcall
3. Black Wind
4. Maelstrom
5. Forcefield
6. Hex
7. Tremor
8. Fire Wield
9. Lightning
10. Vortex

Lineup

Haiduk-all

Contact

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