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Out now: Häxkapell - Eldhymner

Oct 31 2021

Today we unleash upon the world the debut album of Swedish black metal band Häxkapell. Order your physical copy today via or your preferred mail-order. The LP edition will be available as of January 14.

Order, stream, or download 'Eldhymner' here:

After several decades’ worth of playing in a variety of bands from different genres, Oraklet has finally settled in his musical home. While anything but a clone, Häxkapell’s debut album conveys sheer, unadulterated veneration for classic Swedish black metal of many different kinds. It is imbued not only with the blistering fury of Unisound-era Marduk but shares the same reverence for classical music. Triumphant and proud, stern and stoic. Melodies dipped in the dreaming darkness of Dissection meet the longing woodland atmosphere of Otyg and Lönndom. Worlds collide, but merge in the form of a unique and coherent fusion rather than feeling scattered and directionless.

Another hallmark of the era Häxkapell draws upon was the importance of conceptual substance and devotion to the subject matter, which means that the lyrics – some of which emerged through psychography, or automatic writing – are a crucial aspect. The first chapter of Häxkapell is dedicated to the element of fire. Oraklet himself commented:

“Eldhymner” is an album which examines, contemplates, and utilises the concept of fire. As a source of power, a destroyer, and a bringer of life – this primal and fundamental element takes many forms. An eternal furnace of chaos breeding that which lies beyond, forever tempting the embers of life with the flames of everlasting silence. The beauty of death shines bleakly in the minds of men, though most are too blind to behold its grandeur. Enter the chapel, gaze into the flames, and you shall see.