Hostblod are a solo project from Sweden that plays a very atmospheric form of black metal along with some elements of depressive rock and neo-folk and this is a review of his 2018 album "Morkets Intag" which will be released on September 23rd by Wolfspell Records.
Field recordings start off the album along with some tragic sounding keyboards a few seconds later while stringed instruments can also be heard at times before going into a very fast and raw musical direction which also uses a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats as well as the vocals being mostly high pitched black metal screams.
Throughout the recording you can also hear a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts while the guitar leads are done in a very melodic style along with the acoustic guitars bringing elements of neo-folk onto the recording as well as the music also having its depressive and schizophrenic moments.
All of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them while clean vocals are also utilized at times along with some of the tracks being very long and epic in length as well as a couple of instrumental and as the album progresses a brief use of female vocals can also be heard and folk instruments are added onto the closing track.
Hostblod plays a musical style that is mostly rooted in atmospheric black metal while also adding in elements of depressive rock and neo-folk to create a sound of his own, the production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics are written in Swedish and cover depressive themes.
In my opinion Hostblod is a very great sounding mixture of atmospheric black metal and depressive rock with a touch of neo-folk and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this solo project. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Morkrets Intag" and "Tystnaden". 8 out of 10.