Band – Horn
Album – Mohngang
Country of Origin – Germany
Genre – Black Metal
Release Date – May 15th, 2020
Label – Iron Bonehead Productions
Author – Michael Litteral
Horn, hailing from Germany, comes back with an epic/pagan black metal adventure that will bring out anyone’s inner Viking. Horn has an impressive resume with Mohngang being the eighth full length album. Horn is a one man band composed by a true warrior named Nerrath. Nerrath, who has been involved with several other projects, brings his full mind and spirit together to give us his best work to date. While staying true to his Pagan roots, let’s see how this adventure plays out as we pillage through Europe and burn everything in our path.
Mohngang starts out with an intro track, Einleitung – Der Wettlauf zum Mee, that’s perfectly depicts the album art. Cold winter winds and everything burned to the ground. A stringed instrument, I’d imagine a Cello, pulls us through. As we feel deep within ourselves, this journey is only intended for the strongest of warriors. It is our destiny to see this to the end. Track two, Satt scheint set Sud der Tat, seemlessly comes in with winter winds still audible. We gain the confidence that Odin bestows upon us to be the trve Viking to do his work, as our musical journey rises from the ashes. Many aspects during this album will remind us of medieval/pagan-like roots, and for Nerrath to craft something so smooth and so beautiful within that realm, is something remarkable in itself. All different types of melodies that are heard fall within the categorization of old European music. Layered with brass instruments, flutes, and stringed instruments like mandolins and violins, we are given a real theatrical performance. When mixing more instruments into the musical product, I find it very compelling and depicts the artist’s vision that much more vividly. Not only does Nerrath come swinging the almighty hammer of Thor with his instrumentals, he also comes in like lightning with a beautiful vocal performance that has everything from screams, growls, pagan chants, and singing to show us that he really is giving his all for this release. I’m honestly blown away on how he has incorporated so much into his music but nothing seems misplaced or random. There is a reason why I’ve called this album an adventure and a journey. It carries you through an epic tale of strength and purity. The strength comes from how headstrong the music drives us to the end without showing us any sign of weakness or fear. Through Odin’s wisdom we can accomplish anything that is in front of us or thrown our way. The purity comes from the album’s themes that come from the heart and spirit. In most cases, extreme metal can be a bit silly when reading the lyrics about death and the devil, but this album is quite different with intelligence and earthly themes. They say actions speak louder than words, and with this album you can genuinely feel the heart felt dedication in his voice. Ending the album with an outro track, Die mit dem Bogen auf dem Kreuz, it helps us come back to a common ground where we reflect on the lessons learned and the battles we fought. I couldn’t think of a better “fin” instrumental track to end this Pagan masterpiece.
Mohngang was released on May 15th, 2020 through Iron Bonehead Productions. Iron Bonehead Productions is also based out of Germany, and has given us this album through digital, CD, and vinyl. If you enjoyed your mystical trek that Herrath has graced us with then make sure to pick up a copy!
Biography: Michael Litteral is just your friendly neighborhood metalhead who can’t seem to find his way out of the black and he’s just fine with that.