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|SR001 - HELLSPIRIT (FI) "Dawn Under Curse" CD
OUT NOW! Order here: http://www.saturnalrecords.com/shop/ind ... cts_id=189"Sometimes simple is best when one sets upon carving out a legacy, and that is precisely the strength of Hellspirit's debut Dawn Under Curse, which, for all intents and purposes, is a slab of pure '90s melodic black metal. Written at a measured pace, where each individual riff is given some space to breathe, this is actually not so typical of the Finnish sounds I normally encounter. Song titles and lyrics are in English, for one thing (usually that's about a 50/50 chance), and they don't chase after the grimiest of guitar tones. It's polished, and certainly there is no faulty advertising that they pursue a sort of black/heavy metal hybrid of the 'epic' variety, which tightens its bond to its one most easily gleaned influence: BATHORY...You hear Quorthon's imprint in the slower to mid-paced riff sequences which feel like fell glories of the Blood Fire Death era, even though this is written with a Satanic motif more redolent of Under the Sign of the Black Mark. Warlike drum cadences with lots of thrifty little snare sections, and lots of somber ingrained melodies in the chord choices. The guitar tones are neatly distorted without a lot of meat, but big enough to support the even louder melodies, which all work rather well despite the fact that they're not even remotely unique. It's just that there are progressions of notes here which have a timeless depth to them, an evocation of nostalgia through the listener for times when an album like Dawn Under Curse would have simply been enough: technicality and orchestration not necessary, just layers of maudlin and melancholic guitars used to imbue a sad majesty...Basically, if you could imagine yourself enjoying a more guitar-driven BARATHRUM or a band which took BATHORY's late 80s output to heart, with perhaps a few threads of a mellower MARDUK or the more melodic HORNA offerings, then I think Hellspirit is worth hunting down...the band has a patience and maturity which shines through in the compositional choices"
- From the Dust Returned webzine"With thrash and heavy metal at its foundation, the raw black metal of Dawn Under Curse has much more in common with the beast than it does beauty...The steady gallop of traditional heavy metal, ice-cold riffs, and melodic lead work of militaristic opener ‘Call To Arms’ sets the tone for the album: all-out war. Embodying that war-like spirit in concentrated bursts, the six epic tracks runs the full gamut of black metal dynamics from the slow and atmospheric to the grand and ferocious, the melodic lead lines balanced well with the martial aesthetic. An ominous and almighty beast, Dawn Under Curse is an impressive work, the band as skilled in songcraft as they are musically adept, and their debut is one that fans of black metal fueled by unwavering devotion and determination will lap up"
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