Hello people, it’s been a while since i wrote a review in Tzertzelos blog. Yesterday while having a sunday afternoon coffee, i came across this splendid post black metal band from Germany, Heretoir! I really couldn’t resist to write a review for this work!
This is a review about Heretoir’s self-titled debut album, released during the February of 2011. Heretoir have released after this album, two additional ones in 2012 & 2014 respectively, and they also participate in a split with Thränenkind, another post black metal band from Germany.
Now, let’s leave aside the introductions and proceed with the content!
One of the first things i’ve noticed is the smooth transitions between slow post rock themes to vengeful black metal in a very natural way, it is impressive how they do it! The vocal style change between Liturgy-like screams to psalms, then whispering, then clean, then pure black metal, showing the band’s skills of expresiveness.
In addition, the bass is not hidden (that is the case typically for black metal) in comparison with the other instruments, accompanying the drums gracefully to provide the rhythm. They also use acoustic guitars frequently along with piano in moments, which effectively enhance the guitars & give emphasis to the melody/main riff. For instance check out “Retreat to Hibernate”, that is an impressive post rock song. Heretoir are not afraid at all to be more post than black metal, and they are doing it magnificently!
One of my favorite tracks are “Fatigue” that shows a variety of different themes that
gradually develop and get combined, forming that magnificent tune, that engulfs the listener to that fantastic experience. Then “Weltschmerz” follows, a cruel, persistent and furious black metal attack that is, along with “Herretoir”, the last track of the album. A very nice post rock finale for this great album.
About the concept behind this release, according to their Bandcamp page “Heretoir’s selftitled debut-album “Heretoir” deals with the topic of loss: A protagonist loses a beloved person and goes through different emotional and psychological phases in order to cope with it. Accordingly, the lyrics reflect the thoughts and feelings of the protagonist and give an insight into the fine line between sorrow, hate and hope”.
The cover art was designed by Fursy Teyssier (Les Discrets, Amesoeurs) and the album artwork was designed by Metastazis, known for his works with bands such as Alcest, Anathema, Antaeus, Enthroned, Forgotten Woods, Gorgoroth, Taake, Immolation, Secrets of the Moon etc. The artwork totally fits with the album’s theme and music, which smoothly & effectively take over the listeners senses until the end of the album. Very nice work, reflecting a vision that once listened, it will challenge the listener to press the “repeat” in order to explore additional aspects of it that won’t be so obvious during the first try.
In the end, it is an adventurous POST & BLACK METAL work, check it out for sure!!!
Definitely a must for friends of Wolves in the Throne Room, Thränenkind, Agrypnie and fans of post-rock, post/depressive black metal.
Hope you enjoy & cheers!