Horn are a solo project from Sweden that has had music reviewed before in this zine and on this recording plays a medieval and atmospheric form of pagan black metal and this is a review of their 2020 album "Mohngang" which will be released in May by Iron Bonehead Productions.
Nature sounds start off the album along with some stringed instruments a few seconds later before going into a heavier direction. All of the musical instruments also have a very powerful sound to them while the faster sections of the songs also add in a great amount of blast beats.
When tremolo picking is utilized it also gives the songs more of a raw feeling while the vocals also add in a decent mixture of high pitched black metal screams and clean pagan vocals. The riffs also add in a great amount of melody along with some tracks also adding in a small amount of acoustic guitars.
Throughout the recording you can also hear a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts along with a couple of tracks being long and epic in length. Elements of medieval folk music can also be heard in some parts of the recording as well as the solos and leads also being done in a very melodic style. On some of the tracks the vocals also adapt to a more deep yet aggressive style as well as some tracks also adding in some cello, dulcimer and trumpets which also add more to the diversity the album produces
Some songs also showing an influence of classical music, as the album progresses an a couple of instrumentals are added onto the recording and spoken word parts can also be heard briefly. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics are written in German and cover Nature, World War 1, the concept of autonomy/heteronomy, individualism, culinary aspects and maritime matters.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Horn and if you are a fan of epic, atmospheric, medieval and pagan black metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Satt Scheint der Sud der Tat" "Handkreis und Chor" and "Ødegård und Pendelschlag". 8/5 out of 10.