Heimdalls Wacht are a band from Germany that plays a very raw and melodic form of pagan/black metal and this is a review of their 2006 album "Der Untergang der alten Welt" which was re-issued in 2015 by Heidens Hart Records.
Nature sounds start off the album bringing in a very cold feeling along with a brief spoken word part before going into a very fast, raw and melodic black metal direction that also utilizes a great amount of blast beats and the high pitched screams have a very crazy style going on with them and clean playing can also be heard in the music at times.
Most of the music is very heavily rooted in the mid 90's second wave style and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and some of the tracks are very long and epic in length and some of the clean sections also bring in a small amount of classical and acoustic guitars which also have a medieval and epic atmosphere to them at times.
When melodic vocals are added onto the recording they also give the music more of a pagan metal feeling and the solos and leads the band uses bring a great amount of melody onto the recording and spoken word along with the sounds of nature also make a return in certain sections of the recording and some of the riffs also bring in a small amount of punk and thrash influences.
Heimdalls Wacht played a style of pagan/black metal on this recording that was very raw, epic and melodic as well a s having more of a guitar driven approach to this genre, the production sound s very dark, raw and heavy while the lyrics are written in German and cover Paganism and Anti Christian themes.
In my opinion Heimdalls Wacht are a very great sounding raw and melodic pagan/black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this re-issue. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Der Tranen des Altens Watchers" "Weltenbrand" and "Ein Denkmal fur die alte Welt". 8 out of 10.