Released: 2009, Self-released
Reviewer: Luxi Lahtinen
Estonia as a country, is not only known for its beautiful women, great landscapes and cheap beer, but also a strong metal scene which this 6-piece death metal Horricane is a clear proof from.
Dear ladies and gentlemen - boys and girls, here come Horricane´s achievements so far in a nutshell: Winning the 1st position in an indie/demo category in the famous Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles in 2005 yearly chart by their demo THE LYNCH-LAWYERS´ DEATH SQUAD, reaching the 1st position in their home country Estonia as ´The Best Metal Release Of The Year´ in 2006, getting neither promotion nor support from Black Mark for that aforementioned album in question - and finally being brave enough to release their second album, THE END´S FACADE, due to a painful experience with Black Mark. So, something good - and something bad has happened to them so far, but let´s however continue things that go under ´something good´ this time.
Speaking of goodness just a bit more, THE END´S FACADE represents that ´something good´ in terms of a strong and convincing execution of songs that introduce Horricane as a mid-paced death metal band, with a slight experimental touch sticking out from their sound every now and then. It´s also quite obvious that many of you will hear an instant Morbid Angel´s influence in Horricane´s basic sound, but they are luckily still relatively far away for being considered as a straight Morbid Angel rip-off act. And now when Morbid Angel´s name was mentioned, it needs to be mentioned that the band´s vocalist, who uses a nickname Erx, sounds a lot like David Vincent (Morbid Angel), added with Jan-Chris De Koeijer´s (Gorefest) deep and guttural death grunts. The songs are extremely heavy throughout on this follow-up album of theirs; a combination of down-tuned bass and two guitars, create a quite crushingly heavy backbone for Erx´s deep, bowel-shaking death grunts. Keyboard and some sample parts within their songs - and sort of experimenting with them, bring the songs somewhat nicely out from the standard and known norm of sounding your average death metal act only - giving Horricane some flavor of uniqueness and originality - and simply separating them from the masses for their own good. All the 7 songs are actually quite impressive for what they are - full of bulldozer-type of heaviness and all-covering brutality.
Horricane´s version done from "Rain (Samael song, taken from their 1996 PASSAGE album)" as the last song on the record, also turns out to be a successful attempt to make it to sound a bit like a Horricane tune, still respecting the original structure of the song as much as it can be possible to keep it recognizable as a Samael song. Good job from them on that.
So, is this worth checking album, may some of you ask? Yes, absolutely.