Heresi is the solo project of Skamfer that was formed in 2004. The man’s biography claims he has spent several years in a mental institution. An EP called Psalm I was issued in 2005 and a full-length a year later. A live drummer was used in the studio. American label Hydra Head licenses the album for North America.
HERESI - PSALM II - INFUSCO IGNIS - HYDRA HEAD
While Heresi is a one-man Swedish black metal band there is a lot that does not describe the album and the music in that description. Being a one-man act is usually an indication of inferior quality and shoddy sound, but Heresi is amazing adept and powerful. In that sense, Heresi is less Burzum and more Profundi. Speaking of Profundi, Heresi/Skamfer being Swedish the group is fast, heavy and generally bereft of static and droning echoes which detract from heaviness and power. Ironic then that shades of Mayhem’s De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas can be heard on Psalm II. The 30-minute long album takes elements from that Mayhem album, adds its own smashing power grip and delivers the misanthropy in a gloomy fashion. Further good news is supplied via a live drummer.
Heresi is extreme and musical at the same time, yet stays away from the frills and neo-artsy elements that drag down so many younger acts. Kudos to Hydra Head, normally better known for hardcore experimentation than quality metal, for licensing this album. - Ali “The Metallian”