NHSH – Rasende Kraft

Album: Rasende Kraft
Due for release/Released: September 2012
Black Metal
Released via Label: Naturmatcht Productions

‘Rasende Kraft’ is the debut album from the German black metal project NHSH. The album has been dedicated to Friedrich Nietzsche whose works continue to be a huge inspiration for the band.

First up is the title track ‘Rasende Kraft’ offering some mid-paced, “rocking” black metal. There’s also hints of thrash metal present in the guitar riffs which adds to the appeal. By contrast to the previous track, ‘Hinaus’ tends to drift towards more melodic climates as the guitars and drumming slow down briefly as if to compensate for the evermore coarse sounding vocals. Satanic Warmaster is probably the closest thing which I could compare this to.

‘Wanderers Heimkehr’ continues with the tone set by the previous track with some melodic or, dare I say it, atmospheric guitar riffs. This combined with the steady drumming and harsh vocals produces what I could only describe as a continuous “wall” of sound. This is a very powerful mix, which makes this song one of the highlights of the album. Other noteworthy tracks include the guitar driven, melodic ‘Just Craving Is Mine’, rhythmic instrumental ‘Black Blues’ and the dark ambient style ‘Frühlingsabend’ which creates a sense of calm after a what felt like a long storm.

Overall this is a very promising debut album. I wasn’t sure what to expect from NHSH and I’m pleased to say that it was a very positive surprise.

Iza Raittila

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