The legendary Horna is back with a vengeance, and even better, back on cd. After releasing seven vinyl only recordings as limited edition 7 inches, they have signed to Woodcut Records and now those of you not into spending money on split seven inches to get a few songs from Horna and a few from some other band you had no interest in finally get another full length on cd. If only they would gather all those tracks from the vinyl releases and put them on one cd, they could make it ultra limited, 200 copies or so and only advertise it by whispers in back alleys and their cult status would still be secure.

As for Sudentaival, that should be enough of a review, it’s Horna and it’s on cd, get it. With over a dozen releases in the last six years, this band is quite prolific, but if all those songs were not spread out like that it would probably equal seven full length recordings. With so many songs to their credit one would expect a change in direction or a watering down of content, it has, after all, happened to the best of them. Musically Horna is still intense shrieking vocals, fast thrash influenced guitars, thunderous drums and audible bass (always a plus). There are even some Ron Royce styled vocal here. This is not your old style primitive black. Sudentaival has got killer sound, intense and brutal with a majestic flair. Any fans of early 90’s Emperor, if you have not yet discovered Finland’s cult horde from hell, get with the program.

One song is sung in English, which they have occasionally done in the past, but the rest are still in Finnish, and seem to be as blasphemous to Christian ears as ever. This “grim coldblessed black art” continues to mock the flock of Jesus, and while they continue to claim to not be original, they have a flair all their own and the sound on Sudentaival is unmistakably Horna. Hell reigns on Earth once again. Horna is what all the pretenders are trying to be.

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Written by Grimulfr
March 26th, 2001


  1. Commented by: oldestpunkinargentina

    Nice album but the mix ruined it for me; drums too high in the mix bury the nice guitars. Why inaudible drums on one release and OTT on the next ?! Just mix them in a clearly audible manner and get it over with !!

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