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I've said it before, and I'll say it again: black metal is the music of atmosphere, but as a result. Atmosphere, the room-filling magic which the genre exudes, is merely a by-product of black metal's essence. Said essence, however, is that of teeth-gnashing aggression, and none can more perfectly embody this duality than Alex Poole's latest project, Häxanu. Listen to an exclusive premiere of "Materia Prima" from the band's debut album Snare of All Salvation below.

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Snare of All Salvation balances itself on a razor's edge, bringing duality into a monist reality: atmosphere is aggression, hostility is ambiance. Poole's mastery of black metal precedes him, with his work in Chaos Moon, Ringarë, Gardsghastr, and more acting as part of a greater thesis on the genre, and Häxanu's more vitriolic approach is yet another strong point made within Poole's oeuvre. Compared to his other works, Häxanu presents itself as a more bellicose cousin to its creator's other works -- a faster, sharper manifestation of Poole's creativity -- and yet Snare of All Salvation still nestles itself comfortably within his greater discography.

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Snare of All Salvation releases April 1st via Amor Fati Productions. Häxanu does not use social media.

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