- Band(s): Black Hurst
- Label(s): Into The Pentagram
- Release Format(s): Cassette, Demo
- Release Year: 2023
- Review Date: March 5, 2023
- Author(s): FelixS
This eponymous demo tape is the first offering of the New York, USA based Black Hurst. The band profiles itself with a term of ‘Pagan Black Metal Mysticism’ and with this demo tape being released on a label with the name ‘Into The Pentagram’, expectations are high.
The almost 18 minutes and three tracks serve you with a well-balanced mix of almost everything that made late 80’s and early 90’s Black Metal so attractive. It comes complete with a full analogue sound that is so far removed from that big wall of sound that would later be popularized, a shrill guitar tone, a raspy vocal delivery but, above all, very tasteful use of keyboards. Black Hurst is best compared with Belgian Black Metal gem Forbidden Temple, but without the dense and intense sound. But it still reminds of old Samael, Mortuary Drape, Varathron and the occasional ‘clean’ vocal attempt brings some Bathory to mind as well.
Although not quite of the level of such acts as Forbidden Temple or Perverted Ceremony, Black Hurst definitely has something to offer for those who are interested in yesteryear’s Black Metal: honest and pure. Definitely recommended.
- Country: USA
- Style: Black Metal
- Links: Bandcamp
Into The Pentagram
- Country: Australia
- Style: Black Metal, Death Metal