This is a compilation/re-release of sorts, containing Wendigo’s debut demo from 2007 Ivresse, (remastered), as well as two bonus tracks. It’s harsh, it’s raw, but it’s also very enjoyable.
Here we have 22 minutes of, (mostly), underground, evil black metal. It’s cold and utterly raw, but performed with an obvious skill and passion that should see anyone listening to it taken back to the frozen wastelands of the 90s. If you’re a fan of this style, then Hymnes D’Outre-Tombe is a very likeable release, despite how scathing and unfriendly it is.
The songs are fast and furious, beating with an icy heart of pure loathing. They are not without atmosphere however, and the blackened guitars do a very good job of producing sounds that are bleakly emotive. I also like when the music settles into a decent malignant groove. Very tasty.
The singer’s high-pitched screams are well-performed, and his voice has exactly the kind of delivery that you would want for something as atavistic as this.
As you might expect, the more recent tracks have a better recording, but this is, of course, a relative statement; this is still as raw as sandpaper. Regardless, I find the material on this release incredibly satisfying. The longest song here, Daemon Metamorphosis, which is one of the two newer songs, is probably my favourite of the bunch actually. This bodes very well for the future, and I really hope that we don’t have to wait another ten years for more Wendigo material.
Satisfying and pleasing in the way that only the ugliest, nastiest black metal can sometimes be, I hightly recommend that you check this out. Wendigo’s work has impressed.