GREEK BLACK METAL
9/10 – LUKE HAYHURST
Right off the bat I want to see say I love this record. “To the Battlements” is the debut release from the brand new Green black metal due of Himonas, released through a fairly new black metal label by the name of Nebular Winter Productions and let me tell you this label has an eye and of course an ear for the superb!
As the albums introduction slowly rises ethereally out of the gloom, I was speeding through the most rural parts of northern Cumbria on a train, passing by endless fields, rolling hills and mist strewn forests and i just cannot think of a better album to listening too despite its origins being the sun dappled shores of Athens.
“To the Battlements” sticks rigidly to the confines of black metals second wave and soon the band prevail from the darkness with a flurry of aggressive riffs that have one of the best winding melodies and grinding sounds I’ve ever heard! Everything from the raw savagery of the vocals to the bleak catchy riff-age style and of course the controlled chaos of the blast beats screams pure unadulterated black metal, bathed in anti-religious hate, steeled in the icy sounds of winter and prepared for war!
The album is everything a black metal record should be, dark, dangerous, chaotic and enthralling. I’d never heard the name Himonas before but I can guarantee they will remain on my playlist for quite some time!