New Hampshire's Beorn's Hall have returned with a new recording which continues the folk influenced pagan black metal style of previous releases and this is a review of their 2019 album "In His Granite Return" which will be released in March by Naturmacht Productions.
Epic pagan battle sounds start off the album along with some heavy riffs and folk music influenced acoustic guitars a few seconds later. When keyboards are utilized they also give the songs more of an epic atmosphere while the vocals bring in a mixture of high pitched depressive black metal screams and deep growls.
When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are done in a very melodic style while most of the tracks are very long and epic in length. All of the musical instruments on the recording also have a very powerful sound to them along with some clean vocals also being added into some parts of the music.
A brief use of psychedelic sounds can also be heard on one of the tracks while the riffs also bring in a great amount of melody. One track also introduces flutes onto the recording along with the spoken words when they are utilized giving the music more of a fantasy type of atmosphere.
When the music speeds up a decent amount of blast beats and tremolo picking can also be heard which also gives the songs more of a raw feeling. Throughout the recording you can also hear a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts, whispered vocals can also be heard briefly as well as the album closing with an instrumental. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover Paganism, Nature and Sorrow themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Beorn's Hall and if you are a fan of folk influenced pagan black metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Old Man Of The Mountain" and "In His Granite Realm". 8/5 out of 10.