Norwegian black metallers Blåhø have just released a very promising and beautiful debut album! The band was formed in the beginning of 2008 by Anders and Mr.Dementia, while Disme joined them later this year. The band got finally a complete 6-member line-up, but after Mr.Dementia’s departure in 2010, the only permanent members are Anders and Disme, who work with session musicians since then. In the beginning of 2013 Blåhø finally self-released their debut album “Through Sinister Nightfall“.
Blåhø play Norwegian melodic black metal, with some folk metal elements and a few avant-garde touches in my opinion. They are very good at what they do and all their compositions are beautiful, with a perfect production and a very tight sound! Their music is based on their wonderful guitar lines and it is obvious that the band has worked many years on the compositions, since the final result is very solid, without any fillers or unnecessary parts. Their guitar riffs are amazingly melodic and grandiose, sometimes moving on traditional folk scales and others following darker epic motifs. Despite their rich sound, they don’t use many synths to “fill” their orchestrations, but they only add them in few parts, as an extra melodic instrument. Another strong card in Blåhø’s hands is the excellent vocals by Grim (also in Quadrivium). He sings both with clean and screaming vocals and he is equally good in both styles. His clean vocals have an epic and at the same time avant-garde “color”, while his brutal vocals are both powerful and melodic. He has perfect control of his voice, adding the needed balance between melody and aggression in Blåhø’s music. I really hope he works again with the band! There are 7 songs with a total duration over 37 minutes in “Through Sinister Nightfall” and all of them are at a very high level. Their music and lyrics are inspired by Norwegian nature, thus the band’s name comes from the mountain Blåhøe in Oppland, Norway.
If you like black metal influenced by bands like Dimmu Borgir and Windir, then “Through Sinister Nightfall” is a great choice. Without copying or imitating them, Blåhø offer their personal version of melodic black metal and their debut album was a very pleasant surprise for me! The band self-released the album in jewel-case edition with a 4-page booklet, illustrated by Georgi of Moon Ring Design. They are already writing material for their next 2 albums! For more info and samples check their official pages.