Horna – Kuoleman Kirjo CD
Horna – 'Kuoleman Kirjo' CD
4 Digipak CD edition with 16 page booklet
New 2020 album! While it's been five long years between full-lengths, a lineup shift has reinvigorated the band, but also underlines how enduring and singular the Horna sound is. The preceding Hengen Tulet, released in 2015, retained a foully headbanging aesthetic - well, as much as Horna can be conventionally "headbanging" anyway - with a nightsky melodicism coursing through those chilling veins. No less chilling, if not more so, Kuoleman Kirjo takes on an altogether-moodier aspect, with tempos remaining nearly as fast but the riffing of Shatraug and Infection showing a more contemplative side - somber at times, folky at others, but righteously classic in a most '90s manner. In fact, one could compare Kuoleman Kirjo to early Horna touchstones as Kohti yhdeksän nousua and especially Haudankylmyyden mailla, but in a more streamlined form - and one more asskicking, as per this lineup's utterly tyrannical stature onstage.