Danish outfit Horned Almighty is still going very strong! What started out as rather traditional, if extremely grim, old school black metal has now become full blown black’n’roll with their fourth album: ”Necro Spirituals”.
Horned Almighty has constantly developed, ever so slighty, in the right direction. The biker-rock-riffs and whisky-for-breakfast-mentality is ever more audible, but the foundation in frostbitten Nordic black never falters. The music is fast and ferocious, dominated by superior death/black vocals and dirty guitar-chords.
For a black metal band who states Motörhead as one of their primary influences, Horned Almighty is definitely on the right track. The most obvious object of comparison is of course legendary Darkthrone, with their blackened crust punk rock releases, starting with ”The Cult is Alive” from 2006.
The most noticeable change in the style of Horned Almighty is that the songs has been shortened down, to the ordinary radio-format of about four minutes – from the initials six to eight minutes on the older albums. This really underscores the rock’n’roll-elements and it suits the (fast) pace a lot better.
All-in-all ”Necro Spirituals” is another step upwards for Horned Almighty.