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Haxanu - Snare of all Salvation

Snare of all Salvation
by Dave "That Metal Guy" Campbell at 30 March 2020, 4:37 AM

In the spirit of wanting to remain anonymous, HAXANU has no webpage information whatsoever, not even from their record label. They are also unknown to the monster volume collection called Encylopaedia Metallum. “Snare of all Salvation” contains six tracks. “The Pale” is a brief opening instrumental track. At just over one minute, it features the howling of cold winds, and some ominous tones. Segueing into “Materia Prima,” which is a fairly traditional Black Metal sound…rolling drums, vile vocal screams and a wall of guitars. The guitars do venture out just a bit, but this is pretty standard Black Metal.

“Sulfur, Salt, Mercury” opens with a bit of a slower pace, but once those drums begin their roll, it’s game on. There is an extended repeated instrumental pattern here, but other than that, it doesn’t offer much in the way of diversity. “Smaragdina” brings more of the same. Harrowing vocals, together with a wall of guitars and drums, and the bass is washed out in the mix for the most part. There is a little structure within the chaos, but it’s fairly loose. “Anima Mundi” opens with fading-in guitars that eventually lead to a similar sound as the previous tracks. It’s just too damn repetitive and traditional for me.

“Snare of all Salvation” is a seventeen-minute beast of a closing song. Out of the gates, the drums roll, and the guitars build the foundation. It takes a pause at around the four-minute mark with a slightly different guitar melody. Pausing yet again at the six -minute mark, the vocals become more vital, screaming out as if in torture. Pausing again around the ten-minute mark, it slows so that you can take in more of the sound. The guitar sound like they are being played inside a machine, and that hypnotic rhythm repeats for what seems like ages. It then fades out.

Black Metal is surely one interesting genre. It probably has the most variations in sounds as any genre out there, Progressive Metal included. But it is split right down the middle in terms of what the artists want to create. Some staunch purists want to make the same music of their forefathers, while others are interested in branching out into new, uncharted territories. I am sorry to say that HAXANU falls into the former of this group, and because they have nothing to offer that hasn’t been offered before, I have to rate it the way that I did.

Songwriting: 3
Musicianship: 3
Memorability: 2
Production: 6

2 Star Rating

1. The Pale
2. Materia Prima
3. Sulfur, Salt, Mercury
4. Smaragdina
5. Anima Mundi
6. Snare of all Salvation
Record Label: Amor Fati Productions


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