Italy's Hornwood Fell have returned with a new recording which shows the music going into more of a dissonant and avant garde style of black metal and this is a review of their 2020 double album 'Cursed Thoughts" which will be released in June by Kadabra Music.
A very fast and raw sound starts off the album along with a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats. Vocals are mostly grim sounding black metal screams while the riffs also add in some melodies and dissonant structures along with some atmospheric sounding synths also being utilized at times.
Throughout the recording you can also hear a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts while the solos and leads are also done in a very melodic style. When clean playing is utilized it also gives the songs more of an avant garde feeling along with all of the musical instruments also have a very powerful sound to them.
A great portion of the tracks are also very long and epic in length along with the vocals also getting deep sounding at times which also adds in a touch of death metal. One track also adds in a brief use of spoken word samples as well as a later track also introducing classical music elements and choirs onto the recording. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics are a concept album divided into 2 parts and based upon the poetic writings of Charles Baudelaire and Edgar Allan Poe.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Hornwood Fell and if you are a fan of atmospheric, dissonant and avant garde black metal, you should check out this double album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Magnetic Horror" "The Giantess" "The Spirits Of The Dead" and "The Valley Of Unrest". 8 out of 10.