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Hellsword – ‘Cold Is The Grave’

Emanzipation Productions
Bathory, Celtic Frost, Venom, Midnight
Release Date
September 24, 2021
Emanzipation Productions
Blackened Speed Metal

Tune in to any metal forum on the internet and within 10 minutes, guaranteed that you’ll come across some fuckwit debating over what is or what isn’t black metal/trve kvlt. Trve kvnt more like. However, playing a first wave of black metal sound are Hellsword who have emerged from Slovenia with their debut album ‘Cold is the Grave’.

                Hellsword deliver an album from almost a different era, you could trick the listener into thinking that this was 1984 and is there anything wrong with that? Nope. Not one bit. As an album, ‘Cold…’ does exactly what it says on the tin, it is fast, raw and loose with its thrashing riffs and prowling vocals as tracks such as ‘Call of the Sepulchre’, ‘Chains of Mortality’ and ‘Unholy Reich’ show this is a band which have been raised on a diet of Venom, Bathory and early Celtic Frost with a dessert of Midnight and Bulldozer thrown in for good measure. In fact, this album worships heavily at the altar of Bathory and if you’re a fan of the first Bathory album then ‘Cold…’ is the album for you.

                Yeah, sure, the production isn’t great, nor should it be, that would ruin it and take away the essence within and therefore, this production plays directly into the hands of Hellsword who know what they’re doing and what audience they’re aiming for. ‘Cold…’ is a great album of first wave black metal/blackened speed, whatever, and Hellsword can hold their heads up high that Quorthon would be proud.

"Quorthon would be proud"

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