Usually it’s the font type that turns reading of some band names to a mission impossible. Here it’s different. Haxandraok in itself is a moniker that doesn’t roll off the tongue easily. And the album title makes things even more challenging, also for the author of a review.
Haxandraok is a duo. Saevus H. Aldra -Al-Melekh and Marcello recorded with ‘Ki Si Kil Ud Da Kar Ra’ an album that features five songs. Ván Records’ portfolio comprises of bands that doesn’t follow the beaten path. The label has a great sense for sounds that are unique and challenging with Haxandraok fitting perfectly to this approach.
‘Ki Si Kil Ud Da Kar Ra’ features music that can be described as Black Metal, at least Blackened Metal. But instead of focussing on a high pace and hoarse vocals only the duo create demonic soundscapes. Tracks like ‘Ba’al Zel Bul at the Gates of NOX’ include sections of raging speed, being just one tool to create a blood-curdling atmosphere. Tribal-based rhythms and influences from the East fuse to music that is special and not easy to digest. It takes a while to get into Haxandroak’s music but slowly, and step by step, the five songs unveil their diabolic beauty.
Haxandroak, the moniker, is as unusual as their music. It’s Blackened Avantgarde in a wider sense that mirrors the album best. If you’re looking for music that challenges you, try this album. It’s worth the effort.
1. The Temptress of UD DA KAR RA
2. Ba’al Zel Bul at the Gates of NOX
3. Tower Sub Rosa
4. Lilith Unbound
5. La Sorciere Rouge
Label: Van Records
Genre: Black Metal
Release Date EU: December 17th, 2019