Brewed in a malevolent cosmic darkness, Astral Necromancy makes its presence known through eleven tracks of blistering blasphemy. Combining the likes of black metal with death metal, Hoth presents a gnarled and darkened sound that is steeped in pure blackness. It doesn’t take Hoth long to greet you face to face with their bone cutting sound as they blast through the cosmos with their opener Vengeance. Never do these hellions take a rest as they shred and blast their way through track after track of technical, ambient and blasphemous noise only to surround you in shadowy atmospheres and wicked soundscapes.
The opening track Vengeance is a ripper, opening up with blasting drumming and tight riffs that are supplemented by solos here and there only for raspy hellish vocals to tear through the blasphemous veil of darkness. Each of the ten tracks that follow Vengeance are much the same. Each track that comes after Vengeance are ripping in their own right, providing you with tightly woven riffs and ever blasting drums that do their best to crack your chest. Through Astral Necromancy you are treated to eleven complete, cohesive and blistering dark tracks that suck you in to the ever frigid and darkening soundscape that they create.
As mentioned above, from beginning to end, Hoth never lets their foot off of your throat as they pour their brand of molten metal upon you in heaping proportions never to let you escape. Hoth swiftly shift from track to track never giving you a moments reprieve and only to instill their darkness and dread deeper inside of you still. Light is not to be seen throughout this release as it is chilling, eerie and maddeningly dark. These eleven tracks that appear here are light devouring, offering you no hope and no light at the end of it all as Hoth ushers forth eleven tracks of bubbling and blistering darkness.
More than that of the blasting drums and the ever tightly picked riffs is the frigid atmosphere that courses through the veins of this record. Through each track you become shrouded in freezing mist and flesh decaying darkness. The soundscapes and atmospheres throughout this release are vast and extraordinary as they capture your mind and make it wander through harrowing and twisting wastelands. Astral Necromancy does a great job of capturing your mind and taking you on detrimental journeys through freezing wastelands, having you escape the world and plunging you deep in to a dark and ever oppressive environment from which you don’t want to return.
Through and through, Astral Necromancy is a well put together record. It is one that is cohesive and well rounded, complete with great musicianship, production, atmosphere and themes making it out to be an outstanding offering.
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You can find Astral Necromancy up for pre-order right on the Hoth Bandcamp