Hegemon - By This, I Conquer
|Hegemon plays black metal with a power/folk flavour scattered around. Such combination gets especially obvious through the 2nd half of the album. Most of the songs start with an intro (a technical one, not sampled whatsoever), then black metal leading: quick rhythm changes, technical bass playing, and acoustic breaks in some songs. It has a few progressive elements in it, but the overall feeling is a mix of old Darkthrone with folkish Bathory, resembling Klabautamann a lot. Therefore, By This, I Conquer gets technical, raw and melodic at the same time. The album sounds catchy but not cheesy, and here's where Hegemon is at the top of its game.
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