Formed in Seattle, Hoth, in their words, is an extreme metal band that hails from the icy blackness of the void. We seek to envelope this world in an unending permafrost by bringing forth musical compositions that are captivating, powerful, and haunting. The band has released two full-length albums, one in 2012 named “Infinite Darkness” and in 2014, “Oathbreaker”, which I’ll share my thoughts with you.
Bloody hell, this is a great release! I’m highly impressed with Oathbreaker. First, as I always do, I share how I overall felt the album, which feelings I could perceive and then I’ll talk about the music. Beauty, beauty is a word that sums up Oathbreaker. Darkness and a hopelessness atmosphere blend with the beauty of the music as well as an epic feeling overall the entire album. I also feel a bit of melancholic mood, but, by no means, this is “sad music”, actually, this is the kind of music that uplifts myself, but I’m talking about how I believe is the music’s spirit. Of course this might be completely different from your view, but this aspect of music, how we feel over it, is really particular.
And talking about music and not general feelings anymore, it’s so diverse, varied and interesting; There’s so much to talk about that I don’t know how long this “review” should be, but as I prefer brief texts, as I don’t want to bore you, I’ll let you know some of the main aspects. There are magical folkish tunes created by plenty of acoustic guitars, piano/ keyboards tunes, tremolo picking, a symphonic and epic mood, experimentations, sounding almost like an avant-garde band… the songs are very melodic and we also have traditional Black Metal elements, especially on the vocals department. Just to talk about similarities, the music, sometimes, reminded me a bit of Limbonic Art and Dissection, but with their own trademark and not just another clone band. Really, in my humble opinion, Oathbreaker is catchy, brilliant and a work of a musical genius.
As for Oathbreaker production, it’s crystal-clear and that enriches the majestic experience that is to enjoy this album. I urge you all, check Hoth and be amazed with such quality work. And, please, help supporting this band. I only have high hopes for and from them!
Until next time.
Album: Oathbreaker (2014)
1. The Unholy Conception
2. A Blighted Hope
3. Cryptic Nightmares
4. Serpentine Whispers
5 . Acolyte of the Tenebrous Night
6. Unending Power
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Official Bandcamp: http://hothmusic.bandcamp.com/October 26, 2014