Hädanfärd – the record is, evidently, another great pearl to be added to the history of the genre. Frugal, melodic, poignantly soft and delicate, the harmonies in general are expansively calm and laboriously smooth. For the most part, in fact, the album seems to be too overtly serene to be considered a black metal album – except, of course, for the vocals – as Hädanfärd is excruciatingly pure, desolate, true and imperiously divine.
The music of Hermóðr is characterized primarily by beauty, and by a profoundly sincere philosophical intonation, that has on the crest of sensible melodies the tangible colors of another galaxy, another dimension, another life. A truly captivating and uniquely intriguing album, Hermóðr is the quintessential atmospheric black metal artist per excellence, that brings back on the shoulders of its miraculously powerful harmonies the winds of a profusely comprehensive truth.
Understandably, there are very recognizable musical features in his work. Hermóðr’s style is amazingly singular, and sensationally reflexive, conspiring against the abyssal darkness that is intrinsically bound to the restlessness of the human nature. In the dispersive thought of uplifting mountains of belief, the music of Hermóðr rises from the ashes of hope, to celebrate the strength of the human spirit over deception and failure.
There is no denial that his music is intrinsically captivating and beautiful, and that Hädanfärd is an exceptionally phenomenal album. Being so talented and releasing one excellent record after another, I wonder how far this terrific musician can go, being so astoundingly creative. Hermóðr’s music is full of intrinsic beauty, greatness and humanity, and all the major cosmogonies diluted in the sincerity of his art are monumental odes to the ashes upon which humankind reduced the scope of its dignity.