Hellkult where a band from Finland that started out as a raw and primitive satanic war/black metal band but evolved into more of a pagan/black metal band and this is a review of their 2004 compilation album "The Collection" which was released as a joint effort between Blood Fire Death and Regimental Records.
Drums range from slow, mid paced to fast drumming with a great amount of brutal sounding blast beats being thrown into the music, while the bass playing has a very dark tone with riffs that follow the riffing that is coming out of the guitars and when the music gets more pagan they sound alot more powerful, as for the flutes when they are utilized briefly they bring a very dark and pagan sound to the music as well as a small amount of synths being utilized on one song.
Rhythm guitars range from slow, mid paced to fast black metal riffs that are very raw and primitive sounding with a great amount of war metal influences being thrown into the riffing as well as a brief use of clean playing when the music goes more into a pagan direction in addition some of the songs have a thrash feeling when it goes into the more recent songs, while the lead guitars when they are utilized are very primitive sounding black metal guitar solos and leads, as for the acoustic guitars when they are utilized they use full chords to give the music a Polish pagan/black metal sound.
Vocals range from high pitched and grim black metal screams that has a depressive sound to them at times, deep war metal growls, spoken word parts, shouting style vocals and clean singing when the music goes more into a pagan direction, while the lyrics cover Satanism, Paganism, War and Anti Christian themes with a couple of songs being written in German, as for the production it has a very dark, raw and primitive sound to it.
In my compilation this is a great compilation from Hellkult that shows that they where great at doing satanic war/black metal and primitive pagan /black metal and if you are a fan of both musical styles, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Satanic War" "True Victory Of Evil" "Towards The Dawning Of A New Empire" and "Ancient Pagan Earth Reborn". RECOMMENDED BUY.