Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Hornagest - Blask Pioruna demo '98

Today I am, once again, sharing with you rip of another one of my all time favorite tapes/demos and it is, once again, from Polish band. Hornagest was formed in 1996 in Kościerzyna, Poland and members weren't involved in many other bands, the ones they were involved with that I know of and have actually enjoyed at some point of my life would be very obscure melodic black metal band Angrenost and excellent death metal band Calvaria (I don't often enjoy death metal, but even considering that - I still must admit Calvaria is very enjoyable for me).

Hornagest only released two demos, and I've been after the first demo tape titled Z krainy zapomnienia... for many years but it was released in only 50 copies so it's very hard to get. The songs which are on this demo are also on that first Hornagest demo, but different versions of them which were (obviously) recorded in '97 and not in early '98 like Blask Pioruna demo was.

Hehe, I am starting to annoy myself writing similar stuff so many times, I really feel like I've already wrote "this is an excellent melodic black metal" million times, but I can't help it - I love melodic black and black metal Polish people created is and was more often melodic than not and that may be one of the reasons why I love that country as much as I do.

The thing is, I don't know how else to describe it without saying it's excellent or/and melodic because it is. I, once again, enjoy each and every part of this 36 minutes long demo, vocals and guitar riffs are great, and there's enough rawness in music to make me enjoy instead of cringe (yes, even though I love melodic black, I'm picky so if it's too melodic I don't like it at all). I think black metal should be brutal and extreme music, so there should always be some rawness in it if it's good, but too melodic is bad to me just like too brutal is. I have nothing against orthodox raw sounding bands like Bael for example, I enjoy that too, but raw black metal/ritual/noise and such is something which just bores me to death. Good and talented musicians will, in my opinion, almost always end up making melodic music because it is not easy/simple and it's much more of a challenge to express yourself through melodic and technical music, than to just make simple, raw black metal which basically has 2 main riffs in each song. From my perspective, intelligent and talented artists just can't help not to make their music melodic - and I do recognize the effort, time and talent behind such black metal music and that would be why I love more melodic side of black metal rather than orthodox even though orthodox is often technical too. Ah... I could go on about this for hours, but the point is - it's one of the reasons I love black metal - genre is so complex and there's at least a little bit of beauty in so many different styles while melodic is just more enjoable to me personally.

The tape was bought from Greek seller I mentioned several times before in my reviews, I paid 10€ for it and would pay even more if I had to because it's worth it. The glossy layout is colorful and pretty big with so much info, and I even got a sticker with it. The tape is regular with sticker. The shape or condition is good enough, but I can feel it's aged and I like that. I'm truly proud to have this demo tape in my physical collection and will never trade it or sell it (it's mine, my own, my preciousssss!). Hehe.

I feel time has come to end this review, I know I haven't said much even though I've wrote plenty but eh, I'm not really a philosopher, reviewer or poet so the conclusion is - this is one of the best Polish demos I've heard and I think most of people should like it. See for yourself if you enjoy it.

                      Download my tape rip (mp3@CBR320kbps + pics and scans) @ yadi.sk


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  2. Maybe in this year (2018) my I'll issue a re-edition everything was recorded by Hornagest in the one CD.
    Anyway great review.

    Best regards from Kościerzyna
    /Dark Omens prod./