HORN

Atmospheric Black Metal / Pagan Black Metal • Germany
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Horn is a German atmospheric black metal band that was formed in 2002 by its only member Nerrath (Niklas Thiele). After two demos the first full-length album, Jahreszeiten, was released. The band's fourth full-length, Distanz, was released in May 2010.

(Biography written by Vehemency, June 2010.)
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HORN Jahreszeiten album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jahreszeiten
Atmospheric Black Metal 2005
HORN Die Kraft der Szenarien album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Die Kraft der Szenarien
Atmospheric Black Metal 2006
HORN Naturkraft album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Naturkraft
Atmospheric Black Metal 2008
HORN Distanz album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
Distanz
Atmospheric Black Metal 2010
HORN Konflikt album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Konflikt
Atmospheric Black Metal 2013
HORN Feldpost album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Feldpost
Atmospheric Black Metal 2015
HORN Turm am Hang album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
Turm am Hang
Pagan Black Metal 2017
HORN Mohngang album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Mohngang
Pagan Black Metal 2020

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HORN Retrograd album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Retrograd
Pagan Black Metal 2018

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HORN Wanderszeit album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Wanderszeit
Atmospheric Black Metal 2003
HORN Der Forst im Frühjahr album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Der Forst im Frühjahr
Atmospheric Black Metal 2004

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HORN Distanz

Album · 2010 · Atmospheric Black Metal
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Horn hasn’t had a break in its litany of albums throughout the latter half of the 2000s, ”Distanz” being Nerrath’s fourth full-length output, following the very same pattern of melodic, atmospheric and somewhat folkish black metal as his previous records.

The album is a synonym of greyness: the reverberating production makes ”Distanz” reminiscent of the greyest and rainiest days of the year, and the cover art only enhances the vision. This is somehow paradoxal in regard to the actual compositions that comprises rather technical, sinuous and palm-muted guitar riffs and professional, tightly executed drumming. So in a a way, Distanz is quite far from a simple atmospheric black metal album: it is only the lining - caused by the production - that creates the soothing atmosphere. With a more sturdy sound, the technical aspects would be in much higher role. But personally, would I be interested in that? No. I find it only good that the focus is on the desolate, colourless atmosphere rather than on technicality.

Bellicose, mid-range screams and some cleanly-sung choruses accompany the very long compositions (ranging from slow moments to fast bursts of energetic blastbeats) that always exceed the 7-minute mark with only one exception, that being the outro ”To Granne Trakk”, so that ”Distanz” is definitely not easy to digest. A reduction of a track or two would make a more consistent whole, because as a 1-hour monster, ”Distanz” is way too long, the most tiresome moments presented around the middle of the album. Towards the end, the album rises to its standout track, ”Out There, Nowhere...” with its unique, sorrowful tunes and haunting vocals. This song differs from the rest of the tracks, being less meandering in the riff department; the song just lets things loose and repeats the great melody over and over again. It is a nice change in the slightly overabundant sea of riffs that ”Distanz” otherwise is.

Nerrath has managed to create a worthy album with great riffs aplenty, but all in all the album is too prolonged, that being the biggest glitch of ”Distanz”. Horn fans will most likely revere this album and for a good reason because it’s indeed a good record, but it doesn’t present enough many interesting ideas in its 60-minute playing time.

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