Ukrainian black metallers Khors have had their debut album ‘The Flame of Eternity’s Decline’ re-issued by Svarga Music as part of a four album reissue series. I came upon Khors on their 2008 opus ‘Mysticism’, and have grown to appreciate their approach to black metal. There’s something particularly good about the reissue cover compared with the mysterious, blurred original, giving the music more of a suitable background. The reissue is out on November 6th.
Opener ‘Wounds of the Past’ is a direct, mid paced kick to the throat of rasping black metal. Some nice, understated keyboard parts add depth to the icy riffing. A pervading atmosphere of coldness drifts into each measured riff, each croaky vocal. ‘The Flame of Eternity’s Decline’ is a cold, bleak record. ‘Eyes of Eternal Loneliness’ is more frantic, more direct, and still manages to soar. Rumbling double kicks power the harsh ‘Throne of Antiquity and an atmospheric touch similar to their countrymen Drudkh is unleashed in ‘Trees Are Remembers….’.
Khors are more than capable of subtlety too, like the crisp acoustics and melodrama of ‘Breath’, interluding before the creeping assault of ‘Moan of the Grief’. Showing how black metal can be so much more effective when it’s not all just fire and brimstone, Khors power through the chugging ‘Spirit of Fury’ into the rage of ‘Flame of Eternity’.
‘The Flame of Eternity’s Decline’ is a satisfyingly rich black metal album, full of nuances and variety that so many aren’t. Khors play with each string on their bow perfectly, and this reissue will definitely build up expectations, along with the next three, of what a band they can be, and what more blackness is in store.