martes, enero 26, 2010

Surprises 2009: Onheil - Razor

Band: Onheil
Album: Razor (first album)
Genre: Melodic Black Metal
Country: Netherlands

It is march 2007 when “The New Onheil” arises. Formed by the fusion between “The Old Onheil”, a well known band in the Benelux underground with 1 MCD, and Martyr, a melodic Black Metal band, having released 2 albums on American recordlabels.This new line-up has 3 guitarists and 2 lead vocalist giving them more possibillities to expand their own unique Blackened Metal sound.
The return started with some great live-shows, including opening for Norwegian Black Metal cult-band Mayhem and a show with Polish Death Metal Legends Vader. In the end of october of that same year Onheil released a new song, “As Hope Dies”, available on mp3 and as a self-made videoclip. This videoclip got a lot of attention on the internet making the song a small underground “hit”.
In february/march 2008 a promoCD was recorded and send to a small list of suitable recordlabels. Several labels showed their interest after receiving the promoCD and in the end Cyclone Empire from Germany was chosen to work with for their next album.
In July Onheil played at the the highly acclaimed open air festival Stonehenge with internationally known bands such as Entombed, Belphegor, Sadist and Burden Of Grief. Later that year Onheil started working on their album “Razor”.
“Razor” as finished march 2009 and released the 15nd of may. The album is officially presented to the world the 7th of June in Baroeg, Rotterdam(NL), when playing a show with Rotting Christ from Greece.

In spite of carrying the flame of black metal for more than 10 years in the underground, Onheil releases their first album on 2009 and it was one of my favourite personal surprises. Razor is not a truly original album of black metal, but it has great riffs and melodies that can remind us to other bands like Naglfar, but I'd say the dutch band made a better album than the last ones of Naglfar. Good vocals, great melodies, fantastic blast-beat moments and good production. If you like black/melodic black.. what else could you ask for?

1. Out Of The Darkness It Comes 01:13
2. Nemesis Light Fading / 04:08
3. As Hope Dies / 04:48
4. Final Redemption / 04:39
5. Day Of Departure / 03:58
6. Razor / 06:56
7. The Fallen Kingdom / 03:19
8. Pad Der Verdoemenis / 03:28
9. Penetration Of Innocence / 05:02
10. Rain Of Fire / 04:42
11. From Above / 04:42

Total playing time - 47:00

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