Hulder - Godslastering: Hymns of a Forlorn Peasantry (LP)
Hulder's highly anticipated debut album spans a myriad of generations and idioms of black metal, but all deeply rooted in the classic '90s - from the paganisms of earliest Enslaved, Ulver, Isvind, and Kampfar to the hypnotizing grit of classic Judas Iscariot and Grand Belial's Key.
Side 1 kicks off in an utterly feral manner and cresting along to vicious wanderlust and ending on the eerily restrained near-ambient hymn "De Dijle," and then Side 2 furthering the synth mysticism and maintaining a more triumphant aspect, with the closing magical march of "From Whence an Ancient Evil Once Reigned" - all of which is encased in a production that's rich, robust, and balanced.
Hulder hails from Belgium and was formed in 2018 as the sole work of the Hulder herself. The album contains eight songs across 40-minutes.
Release Year: 2021
Label: Iron Bonehead