Hangatyr are a band from Germany that plays a pagan form of black metal and this is a review of their self released 2014 album "Elemente".
When the album starts tribal style drums and epic synths bring in a feeling that reminds me of fantasy soundtracks, then the album goes into heavy pagan/black metal guitars that bring a lot of melody to the music along with a mixture of slow parts and blast beats while the vocals are in the pagan/black metal mode and use both deep and high pitches while the blast beats are more in a semi mode and you can hear a lot of emotion and homage to the Norse ancestors with the music.
Once acoustic guitars become a part of the album they bring in a good amount of prog and medieval elements to evoke memories of the dark pagan ages and as the album moves on you can hear traces of traditional and power metal being added to the instruments which is something you can really hear in the solos that are utilized on the recording, while the vocals remain in a different direction and do not utilize any of that influence but they do add in some death metal elements and the music really starts out with all of the different metal elements which also leads up to a sound they can call their own.
When the album adds in slow parts it brings out a lot of darkness and sorrow when it is brought in certain parts and the album once a few songs are added in you can hear traces of early melodic Swedish pagan/black metal from the 90's being a huge influence on the guitar playing, another great highlight the album has is when acoustic guitars are in the background of the heavier guitar riffing and it evokes a folk music feeling.
Song lyrics are written in German and cover Norse Paganism themes, while the production has a very strong, powerful, heavy and epic sound while the bass guitars are mixed down low in the mix.
In my opinion Hangatyr are a very great sounding melodic pagan/black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Die Sprache der Zwolf" "Zersetzung" and "Sie vergesson nicht". RECOMMENDED BUY.