Napalm Records, Folter Records, Blood Red Horizon Records
Patricia Thomas Band Management
“the sheer quality of the musicianship Hellsaw display, as well as the deep enjoyment their hyperactively creative storm can deliver”
“If you like good, harsh, melody driven, icy and well played black metal you should check them out now!
“Bravo: Den perfekten Spagat zwischen devoter Old School-Ergebenheit und neuzeitlichen hohen spielerischen Genremaßstäben vollführen diese Steirer Dunkelherzen auf ihrem neuen Studioalbum”
“I absolutely fucken love ‘I Saw Hell’ it really is a pure belter of a number and if anything goes on the cover-mount CD’s of any magazines it needs to be this one. It has a killer chorus, rampaging blasts that pile on hell for leather and a particularly vicious and clinical delivery about it”
“‘Cold Aeon’ has that frosty Immortal cleave about it with more maturity and the booming drum that hits like a march to war suddenly coming into the song makes it really stand out”
“Wem das nicht reicht, um hier zum Portmonee zu greifen, dem ist auch nicht mehr zu helfen, wie der Name Hellsaw auf dem Silberling schon vermuten lässt, kann ich hier nur eins Aussprechen und das ist eine absolute Kaufempfehlung.
“Ranging from fast instrumental assaults to a mid-paced groove this one rottenly rocks and rolls thrusting its gauntlet clad spikes in your face for good measure”
“Hier sitzt tatsächlich jeder Ton und jedes Arrangement, so dass selbst ein Black-Metal-Laie wie ich, der häufig gelangweilt vor drögem Gedonner und schlechtem Sound mit hilflosem Keifer Reißaus nimmt, mit Wonne "Cold" in den Player schiebt”
“A staple favourite, human-culling, black metal theme is ‘The Black Death’ and Hellsaw pepper their tribute with the words “rotting corpses” followed by a beefy death grunt sounding like the last gasp from shutting down lungs”
“Der Harzwald", der in diesem Jahr bisher am eindrucksvollsten zeigt, wie man Männerchorgesang gekonnt in ein sprichwörtlich walddichtes Stimmungsgewand packen kann, ohne sich gleich blamieren zu müssen”
“There is a sense of majesty as well as a pagan sort of vibe flowing through this and it certainly is no case of simply playing as fast and brutally as possible, it builds up atmosphere that has a lot of depth to it”
“After a nice acoustic guitar opening, ‘A Suicide Journey’ slices in with meaty weight behind the heavy production. Grasping a fine sense of melody, guitars run up and down the scales, drums hammer and vocals from Aries shriek admirably behind it all”
“what strikes me very much about their Napalm debut is the maturity and diversification it exudes, along with its evident ice cold demeanour”
“I saw Hellsaw ... on their last excursion to the UK and noted at the time they were a band with promise and I was obviously not the only one thinking so as Napalm Records have gone and picked the Austrians up”
“For musicianship, grim melody, groove and atmospheric power, you can’t go wrong here”
“It’s rare to hear traditional black metal that sounds so seamless, and so singularly possessed by its creators; Hellsaw work as a coherent whole to such an extent that it becomes impossible to pull the component pieces back out of the mix.”
“Moonrites Diabolicum", with its powerful melody and assertion that there can be grandness without bombast, which lends an old-school dignity and chill”
“while their sexy, grooving, stomping side has gained strength, so has their true black metal personality, resulting in accomplished tracks”
"I Saw Hell" ... sees Hellsaw making the most effective use yet of their traditional metal leanings, resulting in an unfeasibly catchy ‘blackened rock’ track which I guarantee you will be singing along to by the end of its first spin
"Psycho Pastor" is loose and narrative, opening out with a gorgeous melodic layer to tell a creepy and doleful story
"Cold" has more variety than its predecessor as well, not simply doing one thing very well a number of times over, but setting out to surprise the listener with a whole new approach
“the electronic is always understated with Hellsaw, and here some pagan-sounding choir synths sit wickedly alongside a rather martial, rumbling, classic slice of Nordic black metal riffing”
“the grooving jaunts sit more impressively under clean guitar overlays, and the sense of rage and vitriol is contained within the layers of Hellsaw’s weaving,”
“The twin strengths of Hellsaw’s style remain the technical beauty of their guitar work, and their inherent talent for switching up tempos and directions to reinvent their tracks into new, attention-grabbing grooves”
"Cold" ... a vindictive slap in the face to those who fail to appreciate black metal sophistication and poise
“Hellsaw are a band who have sent ripples of excitement through the underground – with their preternaturally strong second album "Phantasm" and their imposing live appearances alike”
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