Genre: Black Metal
Wild Hunt are either a blackened metal band or a progressive black metal band. I guess it depends on how elitist you are and if you prefer your black metal to sound like the raw fiery flatulence blasted from Beelzebub’s butthole. They incorporate traces of traditional metal, progressive metal, jagged noise rock and doom into their riffs, they aren’t overtly evil sounding, use blast beats sparingly and the vocals range from screams to a bellow to singing to most everything in between. Either way, the songs are extremely well written, with peaks, valleys, acoustic and ambient interludes and can definitely be aggressive at times, but eschew aggression for aggressions sake. To me they sound like a cross between Ludicra and Enslaved, but are definitely trying to do their own thing and maintain a distinct personality throughout the album. Evocative while being simultaneously dream-like and nightmarish, Wild Hunt have crafted an epic debut and I, for one, am excited to see what the future holds for them. Support the band and buy a copy from Kemado.