Hydra Head Records and Dutch black metal horde Nihill.
I've been listening to this band since Hydra Head put out their first record, Krach, back in 2007. I've often felt like the only person who even knows about them, but I'm hoping that is about to change, because this is really a band that everyone should at least give a shot. Nihill play dark, chaotic black metal with killer riffs and a very cold, eerie vibe. True outsider black metal of the highest quality.
Their new album, and the third in the trilogy that started with 2007's Krach, and continues with 2009's Grond, is called Verdonkermaan, is their best yet, offering up the same oppressive sounds with a more refined songwriting approach. Swirling guitars, relentless rhythms, and fast-paced, hard hitting drums drive the album into your consciousness, while the vocals continue to haunt.
For this contest, Hydra Head will be delivering CD editions of all three albums in the trilogy. One winner will get the 3 CDs, while one grand-prize winner will receive the 3 CDs plus a self-released cassette of other new material form the band. EDIT: The cassette is not self-released; it is in fact put out by Tartarus Records To enter the contest, leave a comment below. If the comment contains spam or links to anything, it will be deleted, and will be counted toward the contest. Don't forget to let us know how to contact you, in the comment. The two winners will be chosen at random on Saturday, August 18th.
Verdonkermaan can be pre-orered on CD, cassette, or 2xLP from Hydra Head now, while the previous albums are also available on CD. You can also get some pretty slick merch there as well. To hear samples of the first two albums as well as a track off the new album, and also to buy music in all formats directly from the band, go to their Bandcamp page.
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