Beorn's Hall are a band from New Hampshire that plays a pagan form of black metal and this is a review of their 2017 album "Mountain Hymns" which was released by Naturmacht Productions.
Melodic yet ritualistic pagan chanting starts off the album and after awhile rain and thunder sounds are added onto the recording along with some acoustic guitars and stringed instruments which also adds in a touch of folk music before adding in a heavier yet melodic musical style and a couple of the tracks are very long and epic in length.
Most of the vocals are high pitched black metal screams and when the music speeds up a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats can be heard which also gives the songs more of a raw feeling and the music also brings in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts as well as mixing the heavier and atmospheric parts together.
When guitar leads are utilized they are done in a very melodic fashion and the music also brings in a lot of influences from the mid 80's to early 90's while also sounding very modern at the same times and spoken word parts are also added onto some of the tracks and acoustic guitars also return on later tracks along with a brief use of whispered vocals and a later track also brings in clean pagan singing.
Beorn's Hall plays a style of pagan/black metal that is very atmospheric with a touch of folk while also having a raw and old school edge at times, the production sounds very powerful while the lyrics cover Nature and Paganism themes.
In my opinion Beorn's Hall 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 "Black Foe Of The Earth" "The Accused Wind" and "Lord Of Silver Fountains". 8 out of 10.