Hrizg are a 1 man band from Spain that plays a very grim and forest orientated form of raw and primitive sounding black metal and this is a review of their 2006 album "Oaken Path Of Grief" which was released by Wraith Productions.
Drums range from slow, mid paced to fast drumming with some blast beats being utilized at times, while the bass playing has a very dark tone with riffs that follow the riffing that is coming out of the guitars and at times they have a very powerful sound with some primitive black metal riffing, as for the synths when they are utilized they bring a very dark ambient and epic sound to the music adding in influences from other Tolkien orientated bands adding in some folk instruments on the last song.
Rhythm guitars range from slow, mid paced to fast black metal riffs that are very dark, raw and primitive sounding with some atmospheric elements and dark sounding melodies being thrown into the riffing, while the lead guitars when they are utilized briefly are very depressive and melodic sounding black metal guitar leads that do not really touch on the area of solos, as for the classical guitars when they are utilized they use finger picking and full chords to add a dimension of being surrounded by a dark forest.
Vocals are mostly ritualistic, grim sounding and high pitched black metal screams with a brief use of rough clean signing being used for a few seconds on one song, while the lyrics cover Misanthropy, Metaphysical, Darkness, Nature and Tolkien themes, as for the production it has a very dark, raw and primitive sound to it while you can still hear all of the musical instruments that are present on this recording in addition there are a couple of songs that are long and epic in length.
In my opinion Hrizg are a very great sounding grim, raw and primitive Tolkien inspired black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Sward Of Thendios" Sorrow" "Desecration Of The Dio Dynasty" and "Army Of Ancient Blasphemies". RECOMMENDED BUY.