Hordak are a band from Spain that plays a pagan form of black metal and this is a review of their 2016 album "Padre" which will be released on January 10th by Casus Belli Musica.
Acoustic guitars start off the album and gives the music a folk feeling before getting more heavy and melodic as well as having grim black metal screams making their presence known on the recording and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them and the solos and leads also use a great amount of melody.
When clean singing vocals are utilized they give the music more of a pagan atmosphere and some songs also bring in spoken word parts and also mix folk music and metal together as well as adding in more folk instruments as the album progresses and most of the music sticks to either a slow or mid paced musical direction.
They also bring in an acoustic instrumental before returning back to a heavier direction on the following tracks and a couple of the songs are very long and epic in length and there is also a brief use of death metal growls and on the last track the music does speed up briefly and also adds in a small amount of blast beats which also gives the song more of a raw feeling.
Hordak plays a style of pagan metal that is mostly mid paced and also uses more of a black metal vocal approach to give the songs more of an epic feeling, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover Celtic Paganism and Celtiberian History.
In my opinion Hordak are a very great sounding pagan/black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Bloodline Of The Wolves" "Thrive" "A Leader in Times Of War" and "Padre". 8 out of 10.