Hesperian Death Horse are a band from Croatia that plays a mixture of post black, sludge and doom metal and this is a review of their 2013 album "Mrtav" which was released by Play the Assassin Records.
The album starts out with atmospheric sounding drones and clean playing which takes the recording into a post rock direction and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them and after a couple of minutes the album goes into a heavier direction along with some grim black metal vocals shortly after that which also evolve into sludge style screams while also mixing in the blackened elements.
As the album progresses melody is added into certain sections of the recording along with elements of ambient and experimental music and on one of the tracks they bring in a small amount of blast beats while the guitars remain in a slower and heavier direction and after awhile guitar solos and leads are added into the music as well as a brief use of spoken word parts.
With this album Hesperian Death Horse stick to mostly a post sludge metal direction while also being heavily influenced by black metal and they are also not afraid to melodic, dark and experimental at the same time while mostly remaining heavy.
Song lyrics cover are in 4 different parts and cover dark themes, while the production has a very dark and heavy sound where you can hear all of the musicla instruments that are present on this recording as well as the songs beign very long and epic in length.
In my opinion Hesperian Death Horse are a very great sounding mixture of black, post, sludge and doom metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Heriotza (Part 1: Kraljevi)" and "Morte(Part 4: Oftar)". 8 out of 10.