hh12EMPIRE OF HATE
Intro
Revile the zealot...
The sinister dialect of history
The remains
All that will end
Untitled

MORTHOND
Prelude
Somber Deathwinds
The wandering apparition
Descending
Lost in the fog of dissonance


Long awaited but finally released during the last dark days of 2003.

Both bands play the purest black metal. Empire Of Hate contributes five tracks, which are the band's first ones to see the dead of the night. These morbid songs will appeal to those who like Mütiilation and Maniac Butcher with it's dissonant riffs and insane and extremely hateful vocals.

Morthond's tracks are previously released as "Somber Deathwinds" cdr, by Profane Productions in the early days of 2003. Their music carries the freezing cold atmosphere of the old Darkthrone releases to new, haunting levels, through the use of keyboards and sickened and tortured vocals.




Empire Of Hate review:
The Empire of Hate-Promo 2003
CD-r 2003
Tracks: 5
-Reviewed by jellyfish

Australia is seen by most people as a sunny place, a surfers paradise. Think Sydney, kangaroos, red rooster chicken, and of course, Nicole Kidman. Imagine our suprise when we got this cd-r demo handed over to us, played it, and realized we struck gold. The five songs presented here are extremely cold and dark, terms often flaunted like jewelery but rarely significant - yet in the case of The Empire of Hate, their motives seem quite clear: spinechilling black metal is key. Combining the rawness of French groups (think Remains...-era Mutiilation) with the winter air atmospheres of certain Polish groups (think Veles-Night on Bare Mountain), this demo had us gaga from the getgo. The thick haunted atmosphere that hugs the guitar is incredible here, providing the backdrop for the vocals, which range from sounding like a possessed incantation to whispered screams of someones final stages of death, and the drums which are played in a very barbaric manner. The production caps it off with a very full and silver-tone to it.

Comments: "The Remains..." is easily the best song to have ever been penned inside the shoreline of Australia. Apparently a rare item so look hard, finding this is essential for recapturing the black metal feeling.

Comparisons: Veles, Infernum, early Mutiilation, with a bit of something unheard of before.

Criticisms: None. We lapped it up like a dog in heat.

Morthond review:
"The coldness emitted from the music here reminds me of early Nordic black metal, though the uncanny trance inducing vibe reminds me of Abyssic Hate's newer stuff. New one-man project out of the now festering California scene."

Morthond review from full length album "Paths of desolation":
"Picking up where the impressive "Somber Deathwinds" demo material left off, Paths of Desolation finds Morthond obtaining a more powerful production for this full-length debut album to further haunt all those who choose to open themselves to the experience. Obscure harmonies, uniquely twisted guitar lines and the tortured screams of Thorstadt yearn for the grave and urge the listener to follow along this depressive path. With an ideology that demands the destruction of elitist rhetoric and scenester mentality, Morthond is pure/volatile black metal for those who wish to stand alone and return to a time where this form of music was more about artistic expression than it was a fashion show. 8 tracks. Nearly 60 minutes of depressive black metal abuse. CD is available through Worm Gear Distribution (http://crionicmind.org/wormdistro/news.htm ) and will start filtering out to all our global distro contacts in the coming month. "

Morthond review:
Artist: Morthond
Album: Somber Deathwinds
Label: Ma-Kahru/Regimental
This is a demo from Morthond, an American band that plays trancelike black metal in the vein of mid-career Burzum or early Darkthrone. The first thing you'll notice about this record is how much it sounds like it was written in 1994. This band has done a great job in replicating the second-wave black metal guitar sound, especially the extended high tones. The drum parts are well-played but minimal, for the most part, and placed quite low in the mix. Vocals are a tortured scream, and the sparse way in which they're used is quite effective in conveying an oppressive atmosphere. Simple keyboard parts are used every now and then, always as background to the guitar. For the most part, the album is slow-paced. The sheer amount of repetition reminds me of Darkthrone's Transilvanian Hunger, or more recently, Abyssic Hate. Each song is built from seemingly simple building blocks, but the combination thereof is quite complex, and tiny variations in the patterns are used to tremendous effect. The songwriting here shows a good deal of quality, in that the album is repetitive without being too predictable, and the riffs are obscure but still hold emotional power. While almost any competent band can ape the sound of the early black metal masters, very few can manage to truly replicate the feeling of those works. Morthond is one of these notable exceptions. This album is extremely atmospheric, yet the individual riffs are quite memorable, making it very easy to lose oneself in the music. All in all, "Somber Deathwinds" is a very impressive demo, and holds a great deal of promise for an even better debut. Standout tracks: "The Wandering Apparition", "Lost in the Fog of Dissonance"

Morthond interview

Morthond biography:
"Morthond is for the very few who still view black metal as a form of art. It has nothing to do with the pathetic and desperate practices that take place within the scene today, such as: elitism over what releases one has and what format they're on, having gay sex because its blasphemous, reading the bible backwards to scare old ladies, claiming to practice pedophilia because blasphemy and racism just aren't shocking enough anymore, and any other act the weaklings in the scene practice today. Morthond is not for scenesters, collectors, gossipers, BM fashion gurus, wannabe elitists, and those who treat black metal as a social club. Morthond is morbid and desolate black metal inspired by the likes of Burzum, Judas Iscariot, and the old Polish and French scenes, yet contains a style and feeling of its own. The music is designed to be an escape from a backwards world that places the weak above the strong and rejects the value of honor and strength." - Thorstadt for Morthond, 2004

Morthond crawled from abyssic obscurity in Jan 2001 with the intention of creating pure and hypnotic black metal. Originally self released in April 02 by sole member, Thorstadt, the Somber Deathwinds demo offered 4 tracks of minimalistic and vastly atmospheric blackness that inspired the listener to escape into the cavernous reaches of the mind. The grim drone of dissonance was the perfect catalyst for Thorstadt to explore and praise his musical influences with this perfectly bleak sound canvas of sonic isolationism. Impressed by the woodland aura of Somber Deathwinds, Profane Productions then re-released the material in Nov '02 with an unreleased intro track and different cover design. One year later, the demo is re-released yet again, this time in cassette format as a split with Empire of Hate (Oz) by Heiden Hart Productions in Holland. As the demo continued to gain momentum and supporters, Thorstadt was hard at work writing and recording the 8 tracks that would become Paths of Desolation, Morthond’s first full-length effort and debut for Bindrune Recordings. Picking up where the demo material left off, Paths of Desolation finds Morthond obtaining a more powerful production for this material to further haunt all those who choose to open themselves to the experience. Obscure harmonies, uniquely twisted guitar lines and the tortured screams of Thorstadt yearn for the grave and urge the listener to follow along this depressive path. With an ideology that demands the destruction of elitist rhetoric and scenester mentality, Morthond is pure/volatile black metal for those who wish to stand alone and return to a time where this form of music was more about artistic expression than it was a fashion show.