GENRE: SYMPHONIC EXTREME METAL
Pedro Sena Lordigan
ZORNHEYM - "WHERE
HATRED DWELLS AND DARKNESS REIGNS"
- CD - 2017
1. The Opposed
2. Subjugation of the Cellist
3. A Silent God
4. Prologue to a Hypnosis
5. Trifecta of Horrors
6. ...and the Darkness Came Swiftly
7. Whom the Night Brings…
8. Decessit Vita Patris
Total Playing time: 38:00
Lead guitars, Bass - Zorn
Guitars - Scucca
Drums - Angst
Clean & oriental vocals on “A Silent God” -
Guest vocals as “The Monster” on “Trifecta of Horrors" - Jonas Magnusson
Boy vocals as “The Son” on “Decessit Vita Patris” - Algot Jacobson
Zornheym's Chorus Tenebris recorded and conducted by Scucca:
Lars Palmqvist, Dick Lundberg, Jesper Karlsson, Adrian Lundberg, Marco Baas,
Alan McCahey, Magnus Eriksson, Christina Sand, Ingrid Lundin, Hanna Magnusson,
Margareta Odenma, Helena Widén, Frida Eurenius, Eva Eriksson.
Strings performed by
Ensembly with konzertmeister, Petter Möller.
by Sverker Widgren [2015 – 2017]
Layout and band photo by
Rydén | Comic illustrations by
Anu Bring | Zornheym logo by
Where Hatred Dwells and Darkness Reigns - 2017 -
Symphonic Extreme Metal
"Our darkness is learned. It is bred through an existence of hatred. But
we can fix you.
Give yourself into our care. Submission is key..." ZORNHEYM
THE BAND AND THE DEBUT ALBUM:
Symphonic Extreme Metal has been reborn in the cold dark lands of Sweden!
"Where hatred dwells and darkness reigns" is the name of the both ambitious
and impressive debut conceptual album of Zornheym, a band founded by the
genius mind and multi-instrumental songwriter Zorn (ex-Dark Funeral, ex-Devian, etc.)
who quickly harvest for the remaining souls to fulfil his horrid creations,
fiends like Bendler (Facebreaker,
Engulfing Rage, etc.) a singer that owns some outstanding and dynamic vocals
that can go from black/death metal vociferations/growls to clean heavy metal vocals, Angst
(Diabolical) a top quality experienced extreme metal
drummer and finally Scucca (Encrowned, etc.) a damn talented guitarist as
well as a great music composer!
The plot of this conceptual masterpiece has its final destination at
Zornheim, an asylum for the criminally insane! Each of the stories to be
told on this release deals with one of the many inmates incarcerated at this
devilish place! With such a background you can easily imagine that this debut
album is allot more than just musical piece of art as it embraces a whole
new horror story concept from visual to musical experience, an impressively detailed
dramatic piece with 9 songs, *book with all comic strips (* on limited edition)
and detailed journal/clinical files from each of the Zornheim asylum
inmates which tales are to be told on this poetic horror story!
THE BAND SOUND:
I can only say that
Zornheym are to extreme metal the way King Diamond
is to heavy metal. This symphonic extreme metal opera explores a wide variety of
styles within both black and death metal and the final result is beyond
impressive, an exquisite blend of scorching riffs, addictive and ear-catching
dark melodies, dramatic orchestrations and an authentic theatrical experience on
each story to be told, in all, a true delight to all our senses! Zornheym
musical experience will probably please adepts of bands as distinct as Dimmu
Borgir, Dissection, Emperor, Behemoth or even the master of horror King Diamond!
"Where hatred dwells and darkness reigns" is the final result of an
exhaustive work polished to perfection. The whole symphonic extreme metal
experience is a proof of that, something I personally long waited for and in no
way disappointed me! The whole album composition is so rich in details, so
technical and melodically addictive within its dynamic symphonic extreme metal
combination. In this camp the
Chorus Tenebris choirs combined with the Dies Iona
Ensembly string orchestra conducted by Petter Möller
and ultimately the band members’ talent taken to its peak makes all the
Such a colossal piece of art deserved the best audio expert to make it all come
alive, none better than the Swedish extreme metal guru Sverker Widgren of
Studios (Demonical, Diabolical, October
Tide, Etc.) to create one of his most demanding and epic productions.
THE STORIES TO BE TOLD:
Zornheym theatrical creations go far beyond the extreme music they play!
hatred dwells and darkness reigns" has been enriched with six gruesome
horror stories told through the nine tracks of this album, they have also been magnificently
illustrated by Anu Bring (Märvel, Evil-lÿn, Satan’s fall) who brought
Zornheym creations to light in form of comic book strips.
Let me go deeper into this horrid scenario...
Zornheim is an asylum for
the criminally insane; the epicentre of all Zornheym narrative, here is
where the sinister Dr. Bettelheim operates and admits the new asylum
Well, since I don't want to become a "spoiler" I will let you go deeper on each
of the horror tales on your own, yet and to spice things up I let you know what deranged
critters you will find on each of the songs:
and "Subjugation of the Cellist":
The gates of
Zornheim open with the
tale of a diprosopus cellist with suicidal tendencies.
- "A Silent God": Tells you the tale of
janitor who killed and disposed the institution orphans in a very macabre way.
- "Prologue to a Hypnosis" and "Trifecta of Horrors": Tells you
tale of a split
personality orphan raised by a paedophile priest.
- "...and the Darkness Came Swiftly" and "Whom the Night Brings…":
you the tale of
a devoted church
cantor and her haunting dreams at night.
- "Decessit Vita Patris": Tells you the tale of
an alcoholic father
who tried reassemble his dead son back to life using several other children as a
vessel for his means.
this graphic novel we have the tale of an unknown woman victim of a mob burning
with a damn aggressive behaviour! ... And with it, the gates of Zornheim
close till new horrid tales are to be told!
DEEPER INTO THE ALBUM:
hatred dwells and darkness reigns" is allot more than just a musical
experience, it's in fact a whole new "horror meets metal" experience that will
make you jaw drop and yearn for more... and more!
Musically this album is quite impressive, having several musical layers all put
together in this grandiose piece of symphonic extreme metal art, the more you
listen to it the more enriching details you will find! The whore structure with
songs, intros and outros shall keep you captive to the whole piece, making you go
deeper into the horror scenario painted in each song. The melodies are superb
with such outstanding solos, choirs and orchestrations! Such delightful morbid
creations that easily captivates you! My own personal
favourite songs are "The Opposed"
(the powerful videoclip track), "A Silent God", "Trifecta of Horrors", "Whom the Night Brings…"
and "Decessit Vita Patris", their strength, catchiness and melody
are something else! The
virtuous guitar solos and demonical riffs by Zorn and Scucca, the
amazing vocal reach of Bendler, his variants from clean vocals to extreme
vociferations are quite outstanding, the technical percussion by Angst and the ear catching choirs
and orchestrations are beyond
impressive forcing you to listen to this songs and album again and again, yet
it's an easy task since I still I can't find one bad song on this whole piece.
The debut album of
Zornheym is part of a long time ambitious and colossal work crafted by extreme dedication and
devotion by all the band members and guests! Zornheym brings Symphonic extreme metal into a
whole new horror cinematic concept, a work of true excellence! In fact, this has
been the whole master-plan growing inside Zorn's mind once he departed from
Funeral at a time his genius was eager to embrace a more demanding metal
experience who could satisfy properly his creative mind! The final result is without any doubt a whole
new and fresh experience to ones senses!
Just check... together with each song we a comic book strip and detailed medical
journal with the whole story behind each demented inmate of Zornheim
asylum! What more can we ask for in such times where extreme metal music
industry is so damn saturated and monotonous!?
In my opinion this is the best and most addicting symphonic extreme metal album
I heard in years!
In all "Where
hatred dwells and darkness reigns" will shake traditional extreme metal
grounds, making you eager for future endeavours of this band! This is the
rebirth of Symphonic extreme metal... without a doubt, the best 2017 album of the genre!
"... In the end of each listening you might feel as if you are already part of
this horror scenario! You might ask yourself if you are still sane!? Or are you
already ravaging your way into Zornheim asylum?"
NeKronos Promotion HELL
"The Opposed" : Official Videoclip :
"A Silent God" : Audio Clip :
MORE INFO ON ZORNHEYM ON THE FOLLOWING LINKS: