Hetroertzen has made quite a career up until this point, for the past seven years they have succeeded in working themselves into the collection of every dedicated black metal fan. The band was founded 20 years ago in Chile, back then it didn’t stir up much impression and immediately vanished into obscurity. In 2009 they relocated to Sweden, which was a very good decision for them, they are also pretty similar to the contemporary Scandinavian scene. This even to the extent that almost no one is aware of their South-American roots, which is not of great importance to appreciate their music but it does demonstrate to what extent they acquired the typical style of the north.
The concept of Uprising of the Fallen is nothing new per se. The whole album is dedicated to the worship of the old testamentical serpent and the invoking the Luciferian forces in the mundane. Ever since the release of The Exaltation of Wisdom they have made it very clear that this would become their trademark. This was also the album that put them on the frontline of contemporary occult black metal and this is where they still roam. Seven years later they still haven’t deviated from the left hand path.
The backbone of Hetroertzen music is still formed by fierce drums that overwhelm the listener as a very ominous wall of sound. This is only interrupted in some interludes in which there is more room for some more typical metal riffs and even sometimes some rock and roll passages. The listener doesn’t get the time to rest or to take a breath, the fury is throughout the entire album. Even when the music is taking it slower the exalted vocals of Frater D. are there to throw you tumbling down in the pitch black abyss. This is why you get the impression that this album is nothing more than a black mass of which you are an unknowing witness. The artwork is very typical for Hetroertzen; it is very simple but yet it completely captures the spirit of the album: the left hand path, Luciferian epiphany, mysticism and the inversion of light and darkness.
Even though Uprising of the Fallen is not as aggressive and fierce as its predecessors, it still breathes pure evil and mysticism. This is a release for everyone who is into the occult, mystic and hermetic branch of black metal that takes pride in their philosophical constructs. If you are looking for some random devil worshiping church burners you better move along, this is only for those who like to be mentally challenged by intelligent writing and composing. For fans of Acherontas, Nightbringer, Cult of Fire and Lux Caelis!
Release date: February 24th, 2017
Label: Listenable records
2. The Fallen Star
3. Path Bearer
4. The Trial
5. Upon The Thresholds
6. Perception of the Unseen
7. Lost and Betrayed