Hokedun is a duo from England, specialized in the traditional style of the genre. Obviously, that means fierce riffing, haunted screams and a good slab of skullripping blast beats here and there. Yet, they also know their way around ancient and acoustic instruments, including folk guitars and the dudok, an ancient woodwind flute. These elements give the whole a deeper, more occult atmosphere, which obviously is awesome.
Don't get me wrong, Hokedun isn't a pagan metal band, songs like 'Overwhelmed By Anguish' and 'Hailing Desperation' are furious blackened demons, scratching an gnawing on your tormented soul. It's just that these Brits alternate these with nice breathers, such as 'Black Ribbon', an acoustic track that almost could have been a post rock anthem. These bring a lot of variation to this album, and also a certain credibility for their musical skills.
'Under Debris' is also worth mentioning, mainly for being my favorite track on this album. I've always loved these slow to mid-tempo black metal songs, maybe even preferred them over some of the blastbeats-driven ones. This one is no different, even though it alternates in tempo a few times. This is an awesome song, period. Hell, this is a great album, varied, gloomy, eerie and immersive, but you will need a bit of an open mind to understand that...