Chuck Schuldiner Project

Monday, May 9, 2022

Hats Barn - Y.a.HW.e.H


Y.a.HW.e.H is some of the most gloriously vile and twisted French black metal I have heard in a long while. Emerging from the north of France in 2005, the project has quickly come to represent a certain twisted take on the genre that leaves listeners suffering, choking on the bitter pill of destruction that Hats Barn unleash. This is raw black metal done right, with no expectation of the mainstream to understand it, and with a dedication to blast beats that is honestly weirdly admirable.This is black metal with no frills, just bloodthirst. 

It's the bands willingness to absolutely go for the throat that makes this such a compelling offering. The blasting drums and ferocious assault on tracks like "Walpurgis Of Seth" is mesmerizing. The addiction to blasphemy that fuels so much of this offering is just another reason why its so easy to get lost in the layers that the band has unleashed on this war cry. There is an intensity to the vocals in particular that really keeps this as an engaging listen. The half shrieked, half growled assault is delicious and speaks to the sonic torment that this band is so eager to consistently unleash. It's easy to find yourself lost in the myriad darkness. 

So join me in writhing in the murk, completely enamored with the hatred that fuels Y.a.HW.e.H. This is a record that shows a deep understanding of black metal, and which is another gem in the crown of their label, the legendary Osmose Productions. Hats Barn have once more captured the imagination and proven that nearly 20 years into their demented career, they are still coming up with exciting new ideas that will leave you gasping for air and wondering what else could possibly go wrong with our relentlessly fucked up species. 

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