Review Summary: A triptych of chaos and beauty.
Wind is battering upon a harrowing forest, one where the moon shines but a glimpse of its crescent upon the earth, and the same light that enchants the night is only barely visible through the quake of the aspens. The wind is bone chilling, and yet the night is so mesmerizing you stay there enamored with its beauty, yet still taking in the bitter pain.
Yes, this is Seraphical Euphony by Hyperion. This album is beastly. It is beautiful. There are winding passages of beautifully crafted acoustic guitar and light synths/keyboards in the background, with amazing riffs storming the forefront. The riffs are as beastly and powerful as a chimera yet they retain the catchiness of the best of viking metal. This is only backed up by some the vicious snarls and cackles of the vocalist, and the sparse use of some very tranquil clean vocals simply diversifies the mix even more. Two perfect examples are "Moral Evasion" and "Blood of the Ancients", the latter of which being the absolute magnum opus of the album, starting with such, to quote the band, "seraphical" acoustic, and ending with a guitar shred that is the essence of divinity . This album is relentless and ferocious, yet it is still gorgeous, all the while retaining a sense of mild simplicity. No, not dumbed down, just nothing venturing to far into prog territory. It flaunts its talent without venturing far to close to the sun. This is pure melody intertwined with blackened death metal, pure as that may come.
This album is immense, and it is epic. Everything weaves together. Pounding drums of the most primal energy, sweet somber acoustics, crushing vocals, and badass riffs, all of whch hit you like a wall toiling on through the depths of hell. This is the perfect dissonant cacophony, only made more impressive by this being the bands first album. They are so well knit, yet still they retain such chaotic energy (such as off of Primal Cosmic Ascendancy, which contains some of the most frantic drum work off this album). From here there is little else to be said-this band is here to paint a Triptych of chaos and beauty.