Gehenna are a band from Norway that h as been around for more than 20 years and played a very symphonic form of black metal on this recording and this is a review of their 1995 album "Seen Through The Veils Of Darkness(The Second Spell)" which will be re-issued in November by Cacophonous.
A very distorted guitar sound and spoken word parts start off the album before adding in black metal screams, fast tremolo picking riffs and blast beats and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and they also mix in symphonic keyboards in with the heavier sections of the songs.
At times the riffs can be very melodic and acoustic guitars can also be heard in the music at times and one song brings in clean vocals which are session work done by Garm of Ulver and Arcturus and the riffs also use a great amount of melody and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them and some of the clean playing also brings in a touch of goth and one of the tracks is very long and epic in length and there is also a brief use of melodic chants, acoustic guitars and whispers.
Gehenna played a style of black metal on this recordng that was very symphonic while still being very guitar driven as well as having a more grim approach to the genre, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover Satanism, Thelema, Occultism and Darkness along with one song being written in Norwegian.
In my opinion Gehenna played a very great style of symphonic black metal on this recording and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Lord Of Flies" "A Witch Is Born" "The Eyes Of The Sun" and "A Myth". 8 out of 10.