Hild are a band from Sweden t hat has previously had music reviewed in this zine and plays a mixture of black, death and thrash metal and this is a review of their 2012 album "Va;Freiya" which will be released in October by Odium Records.
A very heavy yet melodic sound starts off the album while the faster sections of the songs also add in a great amount of blast beats and thrash metal elements. Vocals are done in mostly a shouting black metal style that is very close to the first wave era along with some death metal growls also being utilized at times.
Throughout the recording you can also hear a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts while the solos and leads are also done in a very dark yet melodic style when they are utilized. Most of the tracks stick to the 2 minute limit along with songs mixing an old school style in with a more modern day aggression and the whole recording also sticks to a heavier direction as well as some of the riffing also mixing in influences of crust.
On this recording Hild remains true to the mixture of black, death and thrash metal that they had introduced on the singles. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover Nordic Mythology and Paganism themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding album from Hild and if you are a fan of black, death and thrash metal, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "ValFreiya" "Hrist" "Rota" and "Hild". 8 out of 10.