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Immolith - "Hymns to the Countess" (CD/EP)

Immolith - "Hymns to the Countess" CD/EP cover image

"Hymns to the Countess" track listing:

1. The Ghost Tower of Inverness
2. Slaughter of Legions
3. Hymns to the Countess
4. Countess Bathory (Venom cover)

Reviewed by on July 30, 2010

"The recording and production is a little muffled and sounds like it was done in someone’s basement, but I have no complaints on the songwriting and musicianship from Immolith."

For those who have been missing the raw passion and energy that black metal used to deliver in the past, Immolith’s new EP “Hymns to the Countess” is something you'll want to check out. Even though they formed in 2008, Immolith has already put a dent in the metal world. They released their demo on their own label, Carrion Crawler Records, and then signed with the mighty Infernus of Gorgoroth and his label Forces of Satan Records. It’s a short demo with four tracks, including a Venom cover, but it shows the many sides of the group with 20 minutes of pure black metal that many bands today have been lacking.

The atmosphere mainly adheres to the old myths and legends of Norway, fantasy and even Dungeons and Dragons. The first track, “The Ghost Tower of Inverness,” is actually a direct reference to Dungeons and Dragons. “Slaughter of Legions” is a nice combination of thrash and black metal. It carries a variety of different tempos that mix well together. The self-titled track starts out sounding like death metal then quickly transitions into the grim abyss of black metal. The Venom cover is great; it’s a little more polished and crisper than the original, but they did an awesome job with it.

The recording and production is a little muffled and sounds like it was done in someone’s basement, but I have no complaints on the songwriting and musicianship from Immolith. This is a solid EP and can’t wait to hear their full length that’s hopefully coming out soon.

Highs: Black metal with excellent musicianship

Lows: Muffled recording and production

Bottom line: Carries a variety of death, black, and thrash metal that old school fans will appreciate

Rated 4.0 out of 5 skulls
4.0 out of 5 skulls


Key
Rating Description
Rated 5 out of 5 skulls Perfection. (No discernable flaws; one of the reviewer's all-time favorites)
Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls Near Perfection. (An instant classic with some minor imperfections)
Rated 4 out of 5 skulls Excellent. (An excellent effort worth picking up)
Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls Good. (A good effort, worth checking out or picking up)
Rated 3 out of 5 skulls Decent. (A decent effort worth checking out if the style fits your tastes)
Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls Average. (Nothing special; worth checking out if the style fits your taste)
Rated 2 out of 5 skulls Fair. (There is better metal out there)
< 2 skulls Pretty Bad. (Don't bother)