“Hymns to the Countess”
Carrion Crawler/Forces of Satan Records

Getting their start just last year, Immolith enter the world from a dimension of fantasy and black metal. Releasing their demo off of the band’s own label, Carrion Crawler Records, and then signing with Infernus of Gorgoroth’s almighty Forces of Satan Records, Immolith are going to make a dent in black metal in which the wound shall scar in shining evil glory. Four tracks, three musicians and about 20 minutes of black metal played in a style thought to be lost in the past, “Hymns to the Countess” features unpredictability that many bands holding up that “black metal” banner completely lack.

This demo is short, but contains many sides of Immolith. This is an album that needs to be cranked up loud enough to piss off the neighbors. The production is too quiet unless turned all the way up. The title track “Hymns to the Countess” begins like a lumbering death metal album, but smoothly transitions into the frosty abyss of black metal. The guitars and drums are very present throughout the album and are definitely what stand out the most. “Ghost Tower of Inverness” doesn’t create the image of long, evil fingers reaching out to grab you, but a couple of gnarled fists punching through your headphones. The thrash elements definitely add that toughness to the music. “Slaughter of Legions” is number three is order, but number one in quality. The faster approach is much more welcome and the six minutes are full of various tempos that kind of mix of the styles of the other bands theseguys play(ed) in (Coffin, Abazagorath, Faust), flashing spiny plates of death, black and thrash.

There is a Venom cover of “Countess Bathory” finishing up “Hymns to the Countess,” and is a fitting song both is style and name. Though it’s a bit crisper, the atmosphere really sounds like you’re playing “Black Metal.” Then of course Isiamon’s vocals come in and they are screaming, not shouting and you remember you’re spinning Immolith. The band did a good job, but it would have been better if the albums production more closely resembled the ’89 original. Still, it’s an awesome cover saluting those three wicked beasts of thrash.

This Countess must be the lady of old school extremity, because these four songs of mayhem are hymns to the ever-lasting underground pride of music played in the snow-covered lands of Norway. This act hadn’t had many rehearsals leading up to the recording, but as basement as the sound is, the music is top-notch. Immolith are readying a full-length that will hopefully display a tightened up production and a continuance down this road of thrashing black metal.