"Uprising of the Fallen" by Hetroertzen (2017)
Song: Zealous Procreation
Hetroertzen paint with a broad brush. This isn't to say that they bring a lot of noticeable influences into their music, or that they dabble in several different genres. This is to say that their sound is rather straightforward, dropping technical intricacies in favor of more practical assaults. This is not a fault, although it did take time to grow on me. After a few listens, I began to see what "Uprising of the Fallen" was up to. Let the creative types come up with the maniacal plan, and then we'll take over from there. Hetroertzen are the logical implementers of war, the commanding generals if you will. Their vocal deliveries are very much akin to Saroman addressing his Uruk-Hai army from atop Isengard, and their compositions are simple enough for said Uruk-Hai to understand. Their walls of sound are laced with Nightbringer-esque leads and are are occasionally shattered completely with piercing riff sections, and yet they march forward on a straight path. Yes, of course there are intricacies and creative moments, but you never really get the sense that these come as some expression of dark art. Their commanding presence make it far more terrifying than that. It's an attack plan. I don't think this album will be for everyone, but there's no denying that Hetroertzen could make a limb grow back if they asked it to be so.
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