Hail Spirit Noir
Eden In Reverse


4.0
excellent

Review

by Fernando Alves CONTRIBUTOR (61 Reviews)
June 21st, 2020 | 47 replies


Release Date: 06/19/2020 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Welcome to Hail Spirit Noir's retro-futuristic Eden.

Greek Hail Spirit Noir managed to build an interesting repertoire over the past decade. Departing from an early signature that blended black metal and progressive rock (reminiscent of the late sixties, early seventies) the band progressively began adding more contemporary elements into their music. If we compare Mayhem In Blue with the blackened baroque debut Pneuma we can clearly perceive that Hail Spirit Noir has been evolving its formula into something more straightforward and up-to-date. This is not surprising as it is a common path for most artists. People tend to perceive the more complex, intricate beginnings as artistic pinnacles, and I understand that. However, as far as I'm concerned, I like to keep things apart and distinguish the different scenarios. Sometimes those beginnings are in fact unique displays of creativity that only occur within a very restricted and precocious time frame, such as The Piper at the Gates of Dawn or Script for a Jester's Tear, for instance. But at other times, they're mere youthful artistic orgasms that should be properly contextualized and assessed after some time lag. It is up to each one of us to measure each band's journey to understand in which periods their artistic response was most relevant. I would argue that if we abstractly compare Hail Spirit Noir’s debut with The Yes Album, Eden In Reverse would be the artistic equivalent to Drama. Which immediately places the band's aesthetic in 2020 somewhere between the late 1970s and early 1980s. It is within this temporal period that Eden In Reverse manifests itself.

Eden In Reverse is the story of Eden rewritten through a surrealistic Darwinian lens. This anti-creationist approach is immediately expressed through the opener 'Darwinian Beasts', which not only delivers the album's conceptual motto but also targets its aesthetic towards the late seventies, as I mentioned earlier. After this first contact, we clearly understand Eden In Reverse will take a more Krautrock-esque electronic approach than its predecessors. The instrumental 'The Devil's Blind Spot' is another example that exalts this more electronic chromatics. The band definitely abandoned the baroque knots of their early work in order to dive into more spacey and minimalist waters. The album closer 'Automata 1980' is the glorious peak of this artistic renewal. Its Krautrock-esque crescendo swings between schizophrenic dialectics until it progressively collides with the album's strongest and most mesmerizing musical piece. These ten minutes are among the best moments the band has ever recorded, being the album's artistic highlight.

Hail Spirit Noir's black metal legacy appears timidly, as in the early stages of 'Incense Swirls' or in 'Alien Lip Reading’s' blackened scream, which curiously is the album's only grunt out. 'The First Ape on New Earth' also features some blackened textures embedded in its contrasting structure, which moves through powerful segments, harmonious vocals and splendorous guitar leads. I also cannot fail to mention the larger than life momentum in 'Incense Swirls' which reminds us of a supernova cascade that flows into an intense Oranssi Pazuzu-esque psychedelic event. This song alongside 'The Devil's Blind Spot' and 'Automata 1980' will surely delight open-minded listeners who enjoy inner sensory journeys. Interestingly, the Borknagar-esque single 'Crossroads' (which features Lazare as guest vocalist), although interesting, is the song that most differs from the ensemble due to its more mainstream and accessible angle. I would say this song was deliberately designed for Lazare, with the intention of being the musical piece furthest from the album's orbit. Although not among my favorites, 'Crossroads' is one of the album's benchmarks and will surely be part of the band's setlist in future live performances. Musically, the trio Theo Liratzakis, J. Demian and Haris remain as cohesive as ever, now with a greater focus on synthesizers and harmonic vocals. The new line-up additions Sakis Bandis (synths), Cons Marg (vocals) and Foivos Chatzis (drums) have not only brought enhanced quality but also proved to be key parts of Eden In Reverse's cohesive output. It will definitely be interesting to witness the symbiosis of this renewed line-up in the band's upcoming shows.

In Eden In Reverse Hail Spirit Noir unveil a new electronic aesthetic that not only catapults them into new retro-futuristic territories but also simultaneously guarantees them a successful artistic renewal.

Welcome to Hail Spirit Noir's retro-futuristic Eden.




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TheNotrap
Contributing Reviewer
June 21st 2020


14340 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Due to its spacey, electronic approach, I believe the album will be divisive around here.

I love it.



Full stream:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YGvXGtnCiLg

http://agoniarecords.bandcamp.com/album/eden-in-reverse

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Azog
June 21st 2020


329 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

They're different, I suppose.

Slex
Contributing Reviewer
June 21st 2020


9785 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

What I've heard of this is soooo good



Cracking write up bud

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TheNotrap
Contributing Reviewer
June 21st 2020


14340 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks mate

Sunnyvale
June 21st 2020


1520 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice review.



Upon first listen, this was interesting and definitely a departure for the band

MiloRuggles
Contributing Reviewer
June 21st 2020


679 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Band is fire, very excited. Nicely written, timely review as always!

Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
June 21st 2020


20190 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I moderately liked the last one but all this talk about space got me hyped. Nice rev Notrap!

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bloodshy
June 22nd 2020


1108 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks for the write up! The album feels very refined and a tad more timid, but it works for them.

bloodshy
June 22nd 2020


1108 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Also, album art is killer and actually suits the music.

TheNotrap
Contributing Reviewer
June 22nd 2020


14340 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks guys ;)



"I moderately liked the last one but all this talk about space got me hyped"

The band put some serious spacesuits here. It's quite different from their previous works, if you love spacey vibes you should take a peek Dewinged.



"The album feels very refined..."

Indeed bloodshy. It's the album they've spent the most time on. And yeah, the retro-futuristic artwork fits the album perfectly.

Beardog
June 22nd 2020


3546 Comments


Hyped

DungeonBoy
June 22nd 2020


7816 Comments


Good review dude

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Thalassic
June 22nd 2020


4973 Comments


I've tried getting into these guys, but thus far the efforts have failed

TheNotrap
Contributing Reviewer
June 22nd 2020


14340 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Give it a spin old chap, I think you might dig it.



Thanks DungeonBoy.

Azog
June 22nd 2020


329 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Unimaginative, uneventful, and offensively bland. Lowered my rating accordingly.

Hawks
June 22nd 2020


73793 Comments


Band slayz.

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ulver1978
June 23rd 2020


4 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

this is again HSN doing their own thing. This time it reminds me of a weird mix between Kraftwerk, Jean Michel Jarre, PInk Floyd and Leprous (first albums). Mind bending to the core

Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
June 24th 2020


20190 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is pretty different from mayhem in blue, wow.



Who would have thought they would go space prog.

Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
June 24th 2020


20190 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Crossroads is amazing.

Lichtbringer
June 24th 2020


312 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Cool writeup! tyty



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