Reviewed: August 2020
Released: 2020, Purity Through Fire
Reviewer: Demitri Levantis
It would be quite a cliché to say a veteran of a certain scene will produce some of the best new music, but the reason that’s a cliché is that it normally turns out to be true. By this, I am referring to “Verisaarna”, the debut studio album from Kryptamok – project of Finnish black metal veteran Hex Inferi (Horna, Vordven).
It is also cliché for the stakes to be high when it comes to what fans expect from a veteran musician, but fear not, as I can safely tell you the debut album from this new project is nothing short of a masterpiece. If you want cold, raw and classic black metal blast beats, tremolo picking and screeched vocals that make you think of endless winter and everlasting forests, then this guy has got you covered.
When I put this on, I was simply blown away by what Hex Inferi has put together. There are strings that wail like a cello and his ferocious vocals sound like the shrieks of a banshee lost in a snowstorm somewhere in the deepest, darkest regions of Scandinavia. For those of you who dig black metal at its coldest and feels like a journey into the underworld, this is what you need to add to your collection.
Song lengths are also good if you don’t want your music too long, plus the usage of Hammond organs and keys on later tracks add depth to the structures that tell you this is an experienced one-man band who get straight down to business.
I will say, this is one strong contender for my personal album-of-the-year list and has shown me that Finland’s scene is not mellowing at all. If you can’t get enough of the current Scandinavian scene, Kryptamok is a band you need to add to your collection.
Putrid ferocity played in the most sickeningly beautiful manner only black metal musicians can do so.