Album Review: Evilnight – Stormhymns of Filth

Evilnight - Stormhymns of Filth

Evilnight [Finland]
Stormhymns of Filth
Hells Headbangers
Black/Speed Metal

Out of Finland comes yet another evil as fuck band, and Evilnight‘s name just says it all. Stormhymns of Filth is the band’s second demo in 2 years, and one who knows their metal would instinctively know what Evilnight has put in place for those that have had the fortune to chance upon them – filthy, old-school blackened speed metal.

Right from the first riffs of Evil Knight, one already knows what to expect, and the old school sound quickly brings one back to the early 80s with the forefathers of black metal, Venom. But to give a more contemporary example of Evilnight‘s sound, one just has to look over at Japan, as the vocals of Samuel L. Saxon, the high octane riffing of Ron Heresy and Hell Gibson, along with that intentionally (and somewhat sloppy) drumming of Dr. Necrophil all reminds one of the output of bands such as Abigail and Barbatos (one could almost imagine the broken and drunken English of Yasuyuki on songs like Leather Bitch). The thrashy, and at times punkish edge that the band puts in also brings about some Tiger Junkies comparison, and moments such as these, with the fusion of speed metal and black metal, one also can’t help but think of projects of Joel Grind such as Toxic Holocaust, or the cult band Syphilitic Vaginas.

But the key attraction over here personally are the leads that are littered on the album, not overly complicated yet maintaining that sense of groove and catchiness throughout. The band even pays tribute to Slayer on the track Turbofuck, with the inclusion of the intro riffs of Raining Blood in the middle of the track before going back to their full forced blasphemous, rock ‘n’ roll onslaught. The sleaziness that is on the record can also be heard on the spoken samples included at the intro of Dykes on Bikes, displaying the tongue-in-cheek approach that the band takes at times.

The production on Stormhymns of Filth is also extremely raw, which works in favour for the band’s style and this release. While being a demo, there is no compromise on the intensity and fury that the band exhibits, making Evilnight‘s Stormhymns of Filth being one that is extremely enjoyable and memorable.

[xrr rating=5/5]

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