Heresiarch reviewed by Lords of Metal Webzine

In 2010 Mhorgl really pleasantly surprised me with their self-released second album, ’Antinomian’. The Aussies have their musical roots in Scandinavian black metal, but came with their own approach on the music and with conflicting melodies, freaky solos and unexpected breaks, they really managed to stand out and distinguish themselves. Earlier this year the album was officially released through The Execution Kollective and six months later the follow-up, ‘Heresiarch’, was already a fact. Needless to say that I was very curious about this effort and I can tell you that I definitely not disappointed.

The album immediately bursts out with ‘Inheriting The Mantle Of Power’ and immediately proves that the band has not strayed much from their last album. This is merciless black metal, which thanks to the great production kicks even harder. The band reminds me quite a lot of Marduk, Setherial and Dark Funeral, but thanks to the thrashy death metal influences also of early Angel Corpse. A song like ‘Black Wolf Militia’ sounds more old-fashioned and can best be described as “black n’ roll”, while ‘Ravenous Wargod’ more summons the atmosphere of the later Sathanas records. The influences of later Empror, which they also showed on ‘Antinomian’, are represented in ‘Hostis Humanis Generis’. But in general the names Marduk and Setherial are more obviously present this time. Mhorgl however has again come up with an approach of their own, which makes it hard to directly compare them to other bands. Also despite the rather high tempos of the songs the music sound rather versatile. And that is exactly the strength of this band. Despite the extreme character of the music there is enough space for melodies and diversity, the music contains many different layers so that every listening turn offers new discoveries, but at the same time is catchy at first hear.

Although they have kept to the Mhorgl formula, ‘Heresiarch’ is a bit more easy-listening and more straightforward in general. I’m less enthusiastic about the acoustic intermezzo’s that from track four onwards turn up after every song. Of course they see to a breather and more variety, but also slow sown the record a bit. Fortunately the “real” songs make up for that and the gentlemen fortunately has kept the level high. This is yet another proof that extreme metal can also be highly intelligent, and with their fantastic performance and instrumental skills the gentlemen prove that metal musicians are some of the best and most talented artists. Shortly put ‘Heresiarch’ is a delightful 45-minute piece of organized chaos that will definitely apply to the fans of extreme, peculiar – and also well-produced – black metal. Hail!

Rating: 90/100

Nima