At the time speaking the world cup in Germany draws toward an end, with only 4 teams remaining. It’s what we call the semi-finals. In usual manner Italy has clawed their way through to the semi’s playing cynical, just waiting for the opponent to do a mistake. Even though I don’t like the Italian team at all I have to admit that they seem to know a thing or two about football. They don’t know nearly as much about Metal. Of all the countries I think Italy is the country I’m least impressed with. Sure, they have bands like ABORYM, NECRODEATH and RHAPSODY, not that I like RHAPSODY, but at least they’re a popular band among Power Metal fans, but after all they are one of Europe’s major countries, at least on other fields than Metal. I would say that a country like Ukraine has a stronger Metal scene than Italy. Remember that this is a fan of Extreme Metal speaking.
Therefore HORRID should be just up my alley with their early 90’s, Swedish Death Metal, on the menu, completed with a guitar tone which is intended to emulate the quite famous Sunlight buzz. I write intend to because I don’t think they’ve been particularly fortunate with how it turned out. Even though the original Sunlight distortion was muddy indeed it had both an edge and bottom that I feel is missing here. This is the poor man’s version. The riffs I hear on “Rising From The Hidden Spheres” aren’t anything above average, it’s plain and simple straightforward Death Metal, though without the song writing skills that bands like UNLEASHED, DISMEMBER and ENTOMBED have/had.
The album starts out better than it ends. Somewhere around the middle I think the songs sound awfully alike one and another. Not that I think the songs prior is fantastic. In fact I don’t find any very good, or even good, songs on “Rising From The Hidden Spheres”, but I’ve seen reviewers who has. As a whole the album is too staccato and static. The bio tells me that the first seeds of the band were planted in 1989 but that’s hard to believe when you hear the end result. It reeks of amateurism. Especially the kick drums sound awkward; at times the pacing is highly questionable. I’m not overly impressed with the guitar work either. Much of the guitar work is sour, it’s like Mr. Belfagor have problems hitting the right tones. This happens through the whole album. I see no reasons for listening to HORRID instead of a band like DISMEMBER.
HORRID still sounds like they are stuck in 1989 but even then they wouldn’t be anything to write home about. After all TERRORIZER released their “World Downfall” the very same year. In the end I can’t recommend this album to anyone, not even to the fans of old school Swedish Death Metal. PAGANIZER, RIBSPREADER, DISMEMBER, (old) GRAVE, (old) UNLEASHED are all superior to HORRID.
Sweden 5 Italy 0. (Online August 4, 2006)