Hexenbrett are a band from Germany that has had music reviewed before in this zine and on this recording plays a mixture of black, doom, speed, heavy metal and deathrock and this is a review of their 2020 album "Zweite Beschwörung: Ein Kind zu töten" which will be released in May by Dying Victims Productions.
A very dark and heavy sound starts off the album along with some melodic guitars leads while the slower sections of the songs bring in elements of death metal. Vocals are mostly angry sounding black metal screams as well as the riffs also adding in a decent amount of melody and when the music speeds up blast beats can also be heard.
All of the musical instruments also have a very powerful sound to them while the synths gives the songs more of an atmospheric feeling. Throughout the recording you can also hear a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts along with the music also adding in influences of speed and first wave black metal as well as the riffs also adding in some melodies.
At times the vocals also go for more of an early 80's black metal style as well as some tremolo picking also being added into the faster riffing. Touches of traditional metal and death rock are also utilized at times and the music also takes both the 80's and 90's styles and makes them modern again,
As the album progresses a brief use of acoustic and classical guitars can also be heard on a couple of songs along with a brief use of whispered vocals, clean singing and spoken word parts. The production sounds very old school while the lyrics are written in a mixture of English and German and cover horror and occultism themes,.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Hexenbrett and if you are a fan of black, doom, speed, heavy metal and deathrock, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Ein Kind zu töten I" "The Spider Song" "Attraverso sette porte all' inferno" and "Le requiem des vampires". 8/5 out of 10.
"Lass Schlafende Leichen Ruhen":
"Attraverso Sette Porte All'Inferno"