Hymns of the Mortals – Songs from the North
(Massacre Records / 2014)
Seven years after their debut release, THYRIEN returns with “Hymns of the Mortals – Songs from the North”, a full-length album of their melodic death metal brand filled with melodies and all-around folk ambience! They also take a sip at some more darkened settings and at times let the whole surroundings be influenced with the sort of black metal you can find in the more melodic of the Scandinavian nights.
THYRIEN re-recorded a few of their songs already released in “The Frozen North” EP, and we can see that the mentioned influences were already present by that time. Songs like ‘Deathwish’ have both the death metal and the folk leanings attached, as do ‘The Frozen North’, while on the other hand ‘Eternal Journey’ displays the kind of songwriting present in some of their melodic black metal peers around! ‘Forest is My Throne’, one of the new songs featured in this album, further underlines this kind of background, inserting some very folksy guitar leads in what could be described as a good melo black metal track! The album closes with a cover for the song ‘Tinasormus’ (a Janne Hurme original).
[reviewed by: Rui Marujo]