Helleborus - The Carnal Sabbath (2016, Black Plague Records & Satanath Records)
Since its inception, the subgenre that is Black Metal has been reduced to many stereotypes and more often than not the creators behind the music were sole members or a few musicians. The brothers Houseman, Jerred and Wyatt have founded Helleborus in a goal to achieve something different with a masculine and romantic approach to the whole thing. I already see your eyebrows forming a strange W shape. Before you pass a judgement let’s see what it sounds like.
The thing is, when a band takes such a risk it must be calculated and done flawlessly. It is interesting, but is it enough? It is on the edge but the melodic guitars, the clear production and the rocking parts are probably enough to get it out of the average category but not enough to actually get into the very good either. Some songs go on too long and at 54 minutes some concepts are revisited and needed a bit of editing just to help the whole thing to rest totally afloat.
It is a promisign debut and an interesting angle to tackle the subgenre and you should not judge before you give them a listen because the whole is positively surprising.