Saturday, October 29, 2016

Hail Spirit Noir "Mayhem in Blue"

Country: Greece
Genre(s)Psychedelic Progressive Rock/Black Metal
LabelDark Essence Records
Format: CD, vinyl, digital
Release date: October 28, 2016
1. I Mean You Harm (3:55)
2. Mayhem In Blue (7:57)
3. Riders To Utopia (4:37)
4. Lost In Satan's Charms (10:52)
5. The Cannibal Tribe Came From The Sea (6:50)
6. How To Fly In Blackness (6:16)

Total Time 40:27

Haris - synths
Theoharis - guitars, vocals
J. Demian - bass, acoustic guitars

Mayhem in Blue ... retains the 70s flavor but chases the rabbit even further down the hole. It’s weirder, carnival-esque, swinging. Hammond organs, flutes, and electronic sounds feature more prominently. Compositionally it’s similar but the unorthodox instrumentation is prevalent and the black metal is stretched still thinner. Moments of true blackened ferocity are few and while tremolo-picked guitars and blasting drums are present and correct, their heaviness is gentler: always meshed with keyboards or a jaunty rhythm. Clean vocals are commonplace too but used with lurching tempos and odd vowel emphasis. It’s an eccentric listen but never unsettling – more like the overly chatty guy at your post office than the one who touches your arm too much.
Read the full review at angrymetalguy.com



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