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Before Gråtoner, before Köld, even before Veins, back in 2003 Hypothermia was born; destined to become one of the most iconic, original black metal acts in the depressive scene of the future. This is the first demo, of a lengthy, rewarding career. Simply entitled Saphien Irretable, we're graced with the all too familiar thin production, drowned vocals, repetitive riffs and simplistic drums. Unknown at the time, but all of this would soon become known as an accomplice to Hypothermia's distinctive sound.
There's a number of problems with the demo, the main thing, really, is that the entire atmosphere seems to be 'trying' to be dark, as opposed to just letting the music do all the work. The intro, entitled just that, is just keys setting the tone in a very cheesy, unoriginal type of way, and it's unrelated to the actual music - I really cannot digg it when bands have an interlude as an introduction that cannot relate directly to the music. The intro, aswell as the music are both dark, but they're a world apart. A slowly progressing ambient track, purveying some sense of beauty within darkness, is different to the ugliness of life and the hatred of humanity which is put across quite bluntly in Hypothermia's music.
The music itself is actually impressive, more-so than the next two releases proceeding this. I assume this was a tape release, the sound constantly thins throughout the release, and the distortion of the guitars, which I'm sure is thick, comes across as a very bland fuzzy sound; though definitely not lacking in riffs or catchy progressions. The vocals are deep within the music, and the drums are at the forefront of it all. The amateurish attempt at production, the poor quality of the release and messy atmosphere is what makes this release very enjoyable.
Saphien Irretable is a much more structured effort than any other Hypothermia release I've heard. There's no where near as much repetition on this as the later album, each song, apart from all three ambient interludes, is constantly progressing; the riffs and drums beats alike are both progressing and the vocals abide by 'vocal patterns' to an extent, where as in the later releases the screams are more of an ambiance than vocals. While still essentially a DSBM album, the music is much faster and closer to the standards of black metal, as opposed to DSBM. Really, the only depressing factor is the odd scream here and there and the production value.
Anything Kim Carlsson is apart of is fucking marvelous, this is the first release he was apart of (or was the whole of, I am unsure), and it should've been clear to listeners at the time he was no ordinary guy, this is a great release that will give listeners a look into what began Kim Carlsson's infamous career.