Hexenbrett are a band from Germany that plays a mixture of black, doom and heavy metal with some elements of death rock and this is a review of their 2018 ep "Erste Beschworung" which will be re-issued on cassette on May 31st by Caligari Records.
Gothic horror movie style keyboards start off the ep before going into a heavier direction which shows some influences of traditional metal and NWOBHM. The slower sections of the songs are also very heavily rooted in doom metal while the vocals are mostly first wave black metal style screams.
Elements of death rock can also be heard in some parts of the music while blast beats can also b e heard when the music somewhat speeds up. At times the riffs also add in some dark sounding melodies along with the solos and leads being done in a very melodic and old school style.
All of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them and while the music is very heavily rooted in the 80's it still captures a modern day atmosphere. Whispered vocals can also be heard in certain sections of the recording along with the songs also bringing in a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and as the ep progresses a brief use of spoken word parts can be heard and some of t he faster riffing also uses a small amount of tremolo picking. The production sounds very dark and heavy while the lyrics are written in German and cover occultism and horror themes.
In my opinion Hexenbrett are a very great sounding mixture of black, doom and heavy metal with some elements of death rock and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Hexen (Bis Aufs Blut Gequalt)' and "Farben der Nacht". 8 out of 10.