95 / 100
"… cold, fast and sharp Black Metal with a powerful and torn up voice (above all this), element that gives a depressive touch to what is already thrilling from the beginning … highly recommended for the faithful followers of Nordic style Metal … with respective influences, but with an very own and conservative style as well."
93 / 100
"… greatest aspect of the album probably is how the harmonies of the lead guitars have been woven into the whole picture, and how they work as contrast to the aggressive attacks of the main chords … a fantastic talent for creating haunting and beautiful melodies which feel dark and depressive, but also offer moments of hope at the same time … embedded musky moments and lighter pieces, with all those elements forming one unified piece of sinister art."
9 / 10
"… based on Nordic (Norwegian) Black Metal, preferably from the early 1990s ... raw, icy and very melodic ... coherent and never boring ... a nice surprise ... fans of melodic and atmospheric Black Metal should definitely pay attention to the band!"
9 / 10
"HANGATYR have thus already delivered a highlight of the still relatively young year, that everyone - EVERYONE - should take to heart, who cares about anger and melody at the same time."
8,5 / 10
"… with it you get wonderfully frosty and crystal-clear Black Metal ... massively powerful sawing guitars cut through the icy atmosphere and are supported by a massive banging drum kit with shrieking vocals ... the carpet of sound is very dense and thus gains in intensity ... varied and skilful ... you really have the feeling of being surrounded by snow-covered mountains on frosty ground."
8,5 / 10
"Frosty riffs, fast, driving drums and freezing coldness ... pleases ... without gap fillers ... fans of bands like old Enslaved, Mithotyn, Thyrfing, Taake, Kampfar, Helheim, Urgehal, Helrunar or Nebelhorn will love HANGATYR!"
8,5 / 10
"… truly an avalanche ... a proper pinch of melody ... goes through your pith and bone ... another storm ... not only full throttle ... but also in midtempo unerringly ... extremely massive guitar walls ... HANGATYR are back with a strong performance …"
8 / 10
"… an aboveboard Black Metal album ... which manages to captivate without great experiments through numerous runs and brings along an independence ... varied and imaginative ... atmosphere! ... the perfectly chosen album title comes into play, the omnipresence of which accompanies the listener through the entire work ... exudes an extraordinary isolation, loneliness and seclusion."
8 / 10
"… very fast, raw and melodic … great mixture …"
(Occult Black Metal Zine)
8 / 10
"Raw, brutal and adrenaline filled … HANGATYR are about to deliver a beautifully orchestrated masterpiece that lyrically communicating tales from Nordic mythology."
(Rock Out Stand Out)
8 / 10
"... clashing Black Metal hymns ... on the Mid90`s phase of Scandinavian style of the brand Kampfar, Taake or Immortal, nevertheless in modern sound ... a thoroughly successful record."
78 / 100
"… sufficient variation in tempo, rhythm and power … manages to captivate … easily win you over … balance is quite positive in the end … fans of Black Metal may add 'kalt' of HANGATYR to their 'wanted' list …"
7,5 / 10
"… immensely professional attitude and workmanship …"
11 / 15
"… quite melodic despite the omnipresent, cutting riffs ... seldom has an album title been chosen more fittingly ... rock solid Black Metal food …"
70 / 100
"… chapeau … German heroes, who are inspired by everything cold and frozen … solid …"
"Fulminant: great arrangements, great riffs. Loud: a heat of the moment. Fast: a speed record ... 'kalt' is more interesting and versatile than any record HANGATYR ever released ... great band ..."
"… guitars works as a catalyst of emotions as anger, pity and anguish … there is a lot a of bitterness in Hangatyr’s music through this present album 'kalt' … seems like the devil finally got his intent but he let grew an enormous remorse … full of those sad melodies … impossible to listen to a track as 'Verweht' and not to feel all the despair that comes around."
"… very frosty atmosphere ... with well-dosed scattered melody lines ... atmospherically very dense intonation ... I like it ... it just fits well together …"
"… unfolds ... an enormous power ... a really outstanding album of the German-speaking Black Metal ... one should definitely know or put it on his list!"
"… with full force ... hard riffs and aggressive appearing growling ... brutal atmosphere ... for fans of badass Black Metal ... straightforward and brutal ... absolutely listen to HANGATYR …"
"An energetic atmospheric axe attack underpins painfully raw vocals on this moody, accomplished album out of central Germany."
"This music throws a huge snowball into your face and covers the listeners with ice … after previous full-length's HANGATYR kept silence for six years and now they are ready to freeze your ears and mind."
"… amazes in its ability to be violent and melodic at the same time, without ever being trivial … I have listened to it in rotation and it has convinced me more and more … well played … well recorded … with some nice killer songs … no fillers, no frills … eight tracks direct and glacial, full of atmosphere and black as night."
(The Murder Inn)
March 2, 2020
When the fellows launched HANGATYR in spring 2006, the stylistic direction of the idealists from Saxony and Central Thuringia was immediately clear:
cold, Nordic guitar riffs, paired with typical Thuringian melodies and German lyrics, inspired by the mythology that lives deep inside the creators, should shape the music.
The inspiring band name pays tribute to Odin, the father of the gods - 'Hangatyr' is its epithet in the rune's song. He sacrificed himself and hung on the world ash Yggdrasil for nine days to learn the runes. HANGATYR see the meaning behind this in that you have to give something to gain knowledge and wisdom.
[ Pic: Ute Ruhmann ]
By autumn 2007, the musicians had been working on the songs for the very first self-titled demo CD, which was produced with complete self-energy. A start was made, a brand was set.
Before the recordings for the debut album "Helwege" could begin, the drum stool had to be occupied in the truest sense of the word.
With Michael, a dedicated drummer could be found quickly, who was ready to record in the studio after a short period of familiarization.
At the end of February 2010 the time had come: the outstanding "Helwege" could be released.
In the following time, various guest performances were celebrated on suitable stages and further ideas for new songs were collected.
HANGATYR set out well prepared in April 2012 to record the album successor "Elements". In February 2013, the last fragments were put together. Alexander Dietz, known from Heaven Shall Burn, mastered the material in his Chemical Burn Studios. In early 2014 the disc was thrown into the scene.
HANGATYR, motivated even more by increasing encouragement and recognition in the genre, continued to pursue their very own vision of violently-biting but firm Black Metal with a clear focus.
The common path separated in 2017 when founding member Tele and long-time companion Marco left the group. In the same year Basti offered to get on the guitar, which turned out to be a real stroke of luck. His dedication and the experience he brought with him gave HANGATYR a different soundscape.
[ Cover art: Ute Ruhmann ]
In October 2019, the route once again led to Chemical Burn Studios in Bad Kösen. Together with Alexander Dietz, the new compositions were refined, which can now be heard on "kalt":
relentlessly hard-hitting, uncompromising BLACK METAL anthems, from which the eternal spirit of the old and the true proudly emerges.
For example, it is lasting impressive and close to nature to experience how fatal the fervent outbreak "Cold Ground" penetrates under the skin. Because also in terms of lyrics, those involved in the publication stand together for timeless depth - in this sense, a captivating concept was developed for "kalt". In principle, the album is all about the oppressive cold that arises when you have to suffer painful loss.
Official Preview for "kalt":
With "kalt", HANGATYR offer substantial Black Metal. Songs of pure power, inspired by darkness and spirituality, which rise so imposingly that often a real feeling of triumph arises, which in the end wants to despair of icy loneliness. (Markus Eck)
HANGATYR • Online:
01. Niedergang 06:20
02. Entferntes Ich 06:35
03. Firnheim 07:22
04. Blick aus Eis 04:24
05. Kalter Grund 06:19
06. ...kalt 02:05
07. Mittwinter 07:52
08. Verweht 07:05
2010 • Helwege (Full-length)
2014 • Elemente (Full-length)
2020 • kalt (Full-length)
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