Aihos are a band from Finland that plays a very old school and melodic form of black metal and this is a review of their 2019 album "Havityksen Maa" which will be released on March 29th by Helter Skelter Productions.
A very fast and raw sound starts off the album along with a great amount of blast beats and tremolo picking. All of the musical instruments on the recording have a very powerful sound to them while the vocals are mostly grim black metal screams and some of the riffing also adds in a decent amount of melody.
A lot of the music is very heavily rooted in the 90's while the songs also being in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts. When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are also done in a very raw and melodic style along with one track also introducing classical guitars onto the recording.
Some of the tracks are also very long and epic in length while one track also adds in a brief use of air raid sirens along with classical guitars also returning on some of the later songs, a brief use of clean vocals can also be heard on the closing track. The production sounds very raw and old school while the lyrics are written in Finnish and cover mysticism themes.
In my opinion Aihos are a very great sounding melodic and old school black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Hetki Ennen Kuolemaa" "Ikuiset" and "Ancestors Blood". 8 out of 10.