Hellveto - NeoheresyWe are dealing with a guy here who has a pretty impressive discography on his name. Hellveto is the name of his Slavonic pagan black metal one man project and recently L.O.N. released the album Neoheresy.
The potential advantage of a one man project is that there’s no need to find compromises due to differences in musical opinions between band members. This fact can become a disadvantage when a musician actually needs the input of others in order to come up with something worthy. This is not the case with L.O.N., because once again he managed to produce an amazing album, all by himself.
The tracks on Neoheresy are interwoven, so that it’s hard to name a few songs which stand out. Although L.O.N. puts himself out there saying Hellveto is a pagan black metal project, please don’t expect any humpas or flutes (although when you listen carefully you will discover a flute on 'Choragiew Ktora Splonie' and on 'Sredniowieczna Egzekucja', but in a completely different way than you might suspect). The atmosphere on the album is mostly decided by the orchestra and the impressive melodies, which results in an ambience not to be compared with most pagan metal bands. On the contrary, Hellveto definitely leans more to being a black metal band than a pagan metal band.
I guess you could say the album has an experimental feel. One moment the tempo is quick and merciless and the next moment the orchestra takes a prominent position with its slow, but dark harmony. The structures of the song aren’t predictable, maybe even a bit impulsive, and that’s one of the reasons why the tracks on Neoheresy come across as something I can only describe as mysterious and appealing.
This is probably an album you either absolutely love or absolutely hate. For me it’s the first: the interaction between all the instruments and samples used touched me and led me to listening Neoheresy over and over again.