Helgrind are a band from Cuba that plays a very epic and pagan form of Viking black metal and this is a review of their 2021 album "Return To Motherland" which was released by Black Spark Records.
A very epic synth orientated intro starts off the album before going into more of a heavier and melodic pagan metal direction. When the music speeds up a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats can be heard which also gives the music more of a raw feeling while the vocals are mostly high pitched black metal screams.
When guitar solos and leads are utilized they also add in a great amount of melody while clean Viking vocals can also be heard at times. All of the musical instruments on the recording also have a very powerful sound to them and the songs also add in a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts.
Spoken word parts can also be heard in certain sections of the recording along with the music also showing some influences of the mid 90's Scandinavian era of Viking metal as well as one of the tracks also introducing a small amount of growls onto the album, clean playing can also be heard in some parts of the album and a couple of the songs are also long and epic in length. The production sounds very old school while the lyrics cover Paganism, Vikings, Legends, Battles and Anti Christianity themes.
In my opinion Helgrind are a very great sounding epic pagan and Viking black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Song Of The Runes" "Return To Motherland" and "Blota". 8 out of 10.