Ancient Satanic Rituals Are Crushed Into Dust
Sullen Records

The second full-length from Mexican black metal band Hortor was released on Sullen Records back in 2009. This one continues with the raw and dark atmospheric black metal style from the first release; however, it seems the production is a bit better on this one, but not so much as to compromise their raw and blistering style of black metal goodness.

The album begins with a nice chilling Gregorian chant type intro, which leads into the blistering mid-paced assault on the auditory senses with the title track. For most of the album, it’s an ongoing barrage of straight-forward second wave black metal that is harsh, brutal, and leans more towards the early Mayhem side of the style than the Emperor type normally associated with modern black metal acts. There are some touches of classical acoustic guitar in the mix, and the final track, “The Darkness Will Be No More”, is a two-minute guitar instrumental that ends the album on a very atmospheric and haunting note. There’s also a cover of Horde’s “Thine Hour Hast Come” that’s pretty straight-forward.

Overall, Ancient Satanic Rituals Are Crushed In Dust is a decent oldschool Black Metal release that’s of a good quality. It clocks in at just over half an hour, so it’s a relatively brief listen. For me, it’s just about the right length for listening to Black Metal for an extended time. Check this out some time.