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Hangatyr
Elemente
February 2014
Released: 2014, Independent/Unsigned
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Hangatyr are a German Pagan Black Metal band. The name "Hangatyr" is one of the many alternate names of the Norse God Odin. It refers to his ordeal when hanging from the world tree Yggdrasil. "Elemente" is their second full length album.



"Elemente" open with it's title track, a swirling, otherwordly instrumental, which summons up images of the wind swept plains of Mordor and other Tolkien-esque worlds. It leads in to the monstrous barbarity of "Die Sprache Der Zwölf", replete with icy swathes of raw guitar and suitably acid throated vocals. The middle section of the song breaks down into an exquisitely atmospheric, almost folky passage. It is a very impressive way to begin an album.



Track three "Eisenwald" is more of the same; a punishing pagan paean, albeit a less memorable one than the previous track. Track four "Zwischen Dern Ufern" slows the pace with its dark and doomy riffing, juxtaposed by the menacing speed of the kick drums. "Zersetzung" follows; a bitter, frigid, mid paced number, pursued closely by the feral speed and aggression of "Grimmfrost".



The album continues with the bile spewing spite of "Gelobt Und Gejagt", with it's insistent riffing and a delightfully creepy lead guitar section mid-song. "Elemente" forges ahead with "Sie Vergessen Nicht", an absolute bulldozer of a track, and closes with the slower, more threatening pace of "Rückzug", and which vocalist Silvio screams himself hoarse.



As a complete album, "Elemente" is excellent. Much of the riffing is very simplistic, but that is to it's credit. Guitarists Ali and Tele weave many malignant melodies throughout, and gleefully (well, as gleeful as you can be playing Black Metal) channel the spirit of old school Heavy Metal.



Highly recommended!



Review by Owen Thompson
Track Listing

1) Elemente
2) Die Sprache Der Zwölf
3) Eisenwald
4) Zwischen Dern Ufern
5) Zersetzung
6) Grimmfrost
7) Gelobt Und Gejagt
8) Sie Vergessen Nicht
9) Rückzug

Lineup

Ali - Guitars
Tele - Guitars/Bass/Keyboards
Silvio - Vocals
Micha - Drums

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Hangatyr
Elemente
February 2014
Released: 2014, Metal Promotions
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Hangatyr were formed in 2006. In 2010, German label Nocturnal Empire picked up their first full-length release, Helwege. This, their second album Elemente is a well played slab of Pagan black metal, there are elements of the much missed Windir present here which, in my book is not a bad thing.



The interesting production on this recording adds to the atmospherics of the album giving the music a slightly swirling effect giving the impression of the maelstrom of battle or perhaps a particularly violent blizzard. The flipside to this is that the vocals are quite low in the mix, even for a black metal production and there are times, particularly on the intro to ‘Zwichen den Ufern’ when the second guitar is a little lost in the mix.

This is a shame because from what can be heard the fretwork interplay between Ali and Tele is a particularly epic on this track.



The guitar-work on this album is a particular highlight with the 2 guitarists interplaying well and weaving an intricate tapestry of neo folk riffs. Another anomaly here is the pacing of the tracks, much of the album is typically lightening paced black metal, however the pairing of the atmospheric intro; Elemente and the first track proper; ‘Die Sprache der Zwölf’ show a more measured approach which includes a particularly intricate clean guitar interlude.



This sensitivity to dynamics does not really manifest itself again until the album’s closing track; ‘Rückzug’ where the tempo is slowed a little with a slightly more controlled vibe. These little idiosyncrasies are where Hangatyr really shine, it’s a little frustrating that they don’t play to this more. Perhaps I’m being a little over-critical here, this band is obviously talented and their ear for a good melody through the harshness of their delivery is undeniable.



In summary this band have produced a good record that has moments of great promise and I would say that if they carry on in the same vein in the future there is a strong possibility that they’ll be spoken of in the same hushed tones as some of the leaders of the genre.



Review by Scrios
Track Listing

1. Elemente
2. Die Sprache der Zwölf
3. Eisenwald
4. Zwischen den Ufern
5. Zersetzung
6. Grimmfrost
7. Gelobt und gejagt
8. Sie vergessen nicht
9. Rückzug

Lineup

Marco (Bass),
Ali (Guitar),
Silvio (Vocals),
Michael (Drums),
Tele (Guitar)

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