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Hail Spirit Noir: "Pneuma"
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Release date: February 27, 2012 www.code666.net
Mastered by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Amon Amarth, Katatonia)
Mixed at Lunatech Studios (Rotting Christ)
Artwork by the American painter Jesse Peper (In Solitude)
sate your jaded appetites for the bizarre.
This Franken-monster is actually stitched together quite nicely
Code666/Aural Music's most recently added band Hail Spirit Noir will be releasing their first album for the label this upcoming March 5Th. The Greek duo has summoned together six Daemons to either sate your jaded appetites for the bizarre or as their website boasts , "tear your Psyche apart". Pneuma as the band has entitled the album is an eclectic mash up of such varied influences as jazz, psychedelic rock, black metal , and punk. This Franken-monster is actually stitched together quite nicely and doesn't overtly resemble any of the previously mentioned genres as a whole. The album isn't particularly long but has certainly been of a decent production and evocative quality - it has been mastered by Jens Bogren who has worked with Katatonia,Amon Amarth, and Opeth.
Black metal is the band and label's preferred tag. While they're
undeniably progressive, they may well also be something entirely different
but only time will tell. With
any progressive movement of any art form the stylistic boundaries become
murky and difficult to delineate , so I feel it's best to compare them to
bands with whom they share similar qualities.
My first and immediate thought was how much the clean vocals that
are strewn about resemble Serj Tankian from System of a Down. Being a fan
of that band, it was much to my liking. If you're not, don't let it be too
much of a put off since the alikeness is only subtle. They have a allot of
that ridiculously catchy satanic rock feel to the point of being almost
hokey. Itís very comparable
to the Swedish band Ghost but not nearly as structurally clean. Since
their artistic affections seem to gravitate towards the strange, this
naturally translates into dissonant passages, markedly whimsical
arrangements and spastic vocals that alternate from clean to scream and
back continuously. They're mostly down tempo and funereal which imparts a
depressive spirit but there are moments of chaos. Aside that, they effectually generate the feel of an
old horror B-movie with organs and various embellishments not unlike
what's found in horror rock. Other bands that they may have borrowed from
and at the very least prod towards include Coven, Bad Acid Trip and the
Beatles because of the use of flutes, violins, and synths for an ethereal
effect that disconcerts the listener from the back.
undoubtedly have been impressed by this album and would recommend it for
anyone has an affinity for grotesqueries, the avant-garde and weird. Plus,
It seems like something Tate from an American Horror Story might stick in
his playlist right before dropping some acid and
beginning a killing spree. All
things considered Iím going to give it a 9/10.
written by Gary Saul Editor in the USA
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