Unlike Horna, which I find more melodic and meditative, Sargeist seems to be a more traditional and much thrashier type of black metal. The production of Sargeist is also dirtier that Horna. Shatraug just seems to be a super busy musician who likes to keep a lot of irons in the fire. This band is just another expression of a deep well of talent and possibly a type A personality.
It is hard to tell which project Shatraug is emphasizing more at this point since both bands play the 2012 Maryland Deathfest. Sargeist performs late Sunday, May 27, while Horna plays on Saturday evening. Horna is touring, however. Stick around and watch them both for comparison.
Other members of Sargeist include Hoath Torog – Vocals and Horns – Drums.