Horde is or was the solo project of Australian musician Jayson Sherlock & to date, this is the only album to ever be released under the Horde name. Around the time of this album’s release, this was a VERY polarizing album & I wouldn’t doubt if it still is today to a degree. Namely because this is a black metal album with religious/anti-Satanic lyrics (& black metal is NOTORIOUS for featuring anti-religious/Satanic lyrics). I can totally understand the polarization but to me, this is a VERY unique album. I mean I don’t believe the Satanist ideology that some black metal bands express, but I still do enjoy a small handful of albums from the subgenre such as Emperor’s In the Nightside Eclipse or more recently Panopticon’s Roads to the North for their intensity (which is really what I like about metal music in general). However, the main reason I really enjoy this album is because this was something that had never been done before. While the album does feature menacing instrumentation as well as the lo-fi recording & shrieked vocals that you would normally hear on a black metal album, I think Jayson made this album as a passionate experiment rather than being made as a gimmick. This is NOT for every metalhead I would say (namely diehard fans of black metal) but if you’ve ever been curious as to what would happen if Stryper met Darkthrone, this is exactly what you’re looking for.