Year of release: 2019
Released by: Hells Headbangers Records
Rating: 8,8 / 10
HAVOHEJ is, in my opinion, the quintessence of Black Metal as anti-music. Starting its journey in 1993, one of the oldest American Black Metal formations brought its sound to the abominable climax in the 21st century. The highest point was the mini-album “Hornbook Seytan” (2008), but the second full-length “Kembatinan Premaster” (2009) that followed it also challenged any listener who thought that there could be nothing more disgusting than PROFANATICA.
The announcement of the new album sowed the usual doubts in me: 10 years have passed since the release of the latest material, and the bands working on the border of musical extremism rarely retain their identity after such interruptions. Fortunately, Paul Ledney won't give up so easily - the new PROFANATICA album, released on Season of Mist, is terribly disgusting, and the new HAVOHEJ is even worse. It is pointless to paint its characteristic features; it is better to speculate about high matters. For example, the fact that “Table of Uncreation”, oddly enough, is quite an avant-garde Black Metal album. Or anti-avant-garde as it
destroys widens framework of the genre, cultivating egregious primitivism. HAVOHEJ rushes into some incomprehensible abyss, seething with black energy, and pours this mud into the ears of the listener, using incoherent drum patterns, raucous vocals and uncomfortable low-frequency noises. Compared to previous records, the sound quality on the album is pretty good, but this, as it turned out, doesn’t change anything. Maybe now it’s a little better felt that what is happening is the author’s intention and not some insane crap. Despite the extravagance bordering with idiocy, HAVOHEJ is much more interesting to listen to than 70% of the supposedly musical shit that I receive in my promo packages. No one in their right mind will play “Table of Uncreation” in the company, your wannabe metalhead friend will hate it from the first seconds, but it is this ugliness that almost brings the album to perfection - and, of course, all the other works of HAVOHEJ.