Æsahaettr is the black metal offshoot of Montreal's ENSORCELOR, and I think that these searing sounds might be even more to my liking than the blackened doom crust from their primary outfit. The vocals have an almost digital sneer that give them a sinister quality not far from the industrial bands that I listened to in my youth. There's a steady blasting pace through most of the tape's songs, but the beats are buried under a wash of guitar distortion. Black Metal ain't my jam usually, so if I tried to drop specific references I would likely be way off base, but the riffs are more emotive than evil but every other aural aspect of this recording is creepy as hell. They actually managed to sound like a dark forest. Cheers to Media Tree Recordings for sending this my way (feel free to snag your own as well), they seem to be taking the cassette label thing to a whole new level.