VOTA REVIEW: Zeitgeist, Heimdalls Wahct/Trollzorn Split

Now I have to say that I'm a huge fan of splits. They’ve always been a great way to discover new bands as well as a chance to get hold of some rare tracks from bands you already know. It's no secret around here that I'm a huge fan of German Pagan Black Metallers Heimdalls Wacht, and their unique brand of Heathen Black Metal has always struck a chord with me. It had been two years since the band's last full length Ekte Westfäölske Svatte Metal so I was pretty hyped at the chance to get some new material from the band. This tape was released for a small tour they played in December 2014 and luckily for me bass player and owner of Heidens Hart records A.P. let me order a copy early after pestering the poor bloke about the release date. The tape consists of two exclusive singles - one from each band on each side of the cassette, and first I will take a look at the B side and Heimdalls Wacht's latest offering.

Heimdalls Wacht - Wanderer unter den Sternen
The track opens to the sounds of waves crashing against the shore, accompanied by ravens calling overhead and an eerie chant that delivers an image of hooded Druid priests on a windswept shoreline invoking some long forgotten god of the sea. Next one of Heimdalls Wacht's signature, catchy riffs kicks in to a back drop of almost punk style mid tempo drumming (reminding me of old Bathory and Venom) as Saruman's sorrowful war cries scream over the top of it all. Straight out of the gate I'm hooked. The track progresses between mid-tempo and blast beat style drumming with some nice fills in between, switching back and forth as the song ebbs and flows very organically. The track is littered with quality and memorable riffs; some uplifting and epic, others raw and untamed, but the highlight for me is the absolutely killer group chanting that gives the track some real heathen spirit! It's this sort of thing that made me fall in love with their music in the first place and this track really did not disappoint. When all is said and done we are left with another quality track from Heimdalls Wacht and I can’t emphasise enough that if you have never listened to the band before I highly recommend you check them out. I am certainly looking forward to the next full length if this is a taste of whats to come. Ok now onto the A side and Trollzorn.

Trollzorn - LD100
This track begins with a ghostly tremolo picked riff and blast beats pounding in the background that maintains an element of simplicity with agonised wailing over the top. Then things switch as the tempo slows right down and the tremolo riffing continues in a very minimalistic but effective style before kicking back into the blast beats, and the song continues to switch back and forth like this throughout. The vocals, layered at times, are full of pain and anguish which really gives the song a sense of dread and sorrow. The track itself is very short and simple which works in its favour and the whole thing crescendos before suddenly ending with an audio recording in German (possibly from a film or a news report - being the ignorant island monkey that I am unfortunately I don't understand it). This was my first encounter with Trollzorn and I did enjoy what I heard despite the song being quite brief. I will be on the lookout for more material by them in the future.

I’m always a fan of splits, especially when it's a band I know and a band I don’t and this is a nice little tape albeit rather short (but such is the nature of these things). It would also make a nice 7" single. Also I have to say the cover artwork is fantastic and the rough and ready inlay has a real old Skool 90's demo feel to it. It's well worth grabbing a copy if you are curious about either band and the tape is now available from Heidens Hart Records mail order. But no doubt you will just stream it to the computers implanted in your spinal colums or however you kids consume music these days.



Artist - Jesters of Destiny
Title - The Sorrows That Refuse to Drown
Label - Ektro

Thirty years after Jesters of Destiny arrived, dropped Fun at the Funeral and disappeared back into the night, they’re finally back with a second full length release courtesy of Ektro Records, and whilst it could never live up to first album, the eccentricity of the band shines through once more and it’s a crazy ride from start to finish. Pick it up on April 4th!


Artist - Hammerfest IX
Date - 23rd- 26th March
Venue - Pwllheli, Wales  

One of our main highlights of the year, this month we’re off to Wales for Hammerfest, HRH’s Heavy Metal flagship. With the return of two Power Metal titans alongside a host of others, this year looks to be one of their best ever. We’ll be covering the whole festival