Hryre proposes an atmospheric black metal that blends elements from the harshest black metal tradition and folk elements with excellent results. A melodic approach is not missing here and there, which helps to merge and give some variety to the whole. The production is good; all the instruments are well balanced and clear but the sound is not perfect. The guitars never drown out the other instruments and the bass is clearly audible. Maybe the drums are a bit deaf and could have had a better sound.
Deaþ Þurhfaran Eftboren - Heretéam fram Anweald starts with a classical intro, but the second song immediately catches the listener's attention with a tremolo riff and furious blast beats. Nevertheless, I think that from the very beginning one can note the melodic approach of the band that becomes evident in the second half where an arpeggio introduces a slower almost instrumental section that lasts until the end of the song. The next song is slower; the atmosphere here is completely different, more epic. The slow section with a riff in harmonics also shows influences from non black metal genres, such as doom metal. The arrangements are excellent and the English guys also prove to be competent musicians. The progressive soul of the band emerges in the closing song that contains some tempo changes and polyphonic riffs.
The lyrics are about self-exploration and spiritual growth, not only of the single band members but of the English people too. The lyrics are rooted in the both political and cultural history of England. This is evident from the old English titles themselves of the album and of the songs. Hryre also draws inspiration from nature and the English countryside, of which the band is proud, as is evident from a few lines of “Heretéam fram Anweald”: “And let us lay claim to this, / The most verdant, English pastures, / And return to us once more, / Our noble, ancient heritage”.
Deaþ Þurhfaran Eftboren - Heretéam fram Anweald is a really excellent debut EP and the progressive nuances make it very interesting and personal.
Deaþ Þurhfaran Eftboren - Heretéam fram Anweald was released on June 27, 2014 and was produced by Hryre and Steven Smith.
2. Heretéam fram Anweald
3. Gehror in Ealdgesegen Græf
5. Lifiende Beneoþan þæs Brerd
Rick Millington - Vocals, Guitar & Bass
Nathan Patchett - Guitar & Bass
Gareth Hodgson - Drums
Michael Blenkarn - Keyboards (Featured Special Guest)