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“It is one thing to surprise when you are bringing it out of left field and no one sees you coming. To make yourself notable first, and then fully deliver on a promise is a much tougher task. To be a Surprise Album of the Year a few years ago only to come up with an Album of the Year this time around is an outstanding feat, and a homeboy in me could not be happier that Ukrainians Khors were the ones to accomplish it. Kharkiv natives Khors, in their usual fashion delivering an album towards the year’s end, did it with Return to Abandoned, and in the process they left the usual tenets of the Kharkiv scene and Eastern Slavic Black Metal behind. Gone are the outright folk melodies and native instruments, the music on Return to Abandoned is often hefty, massive wall of sound...”
“The third album from Khors rests comfortably in the traditional of progressive, atmospheric black metal, as the opening track "Through the Rays of the Fading Moon" makes clear; building layers of gorgeous, melodic guitar (both electric and acoustic) and keyboards creates a sound that combines elements of progressive rock and black metal....”