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Hathorious - Beneath The Shade Of Hathor - 80%

JD89, April 8th, 2012

A few months ago I heard of this band Hathorious an oriental blackend death metal from Cairo, Egypt. I think their style is something between Scarab and Odious which are one of my favorites Egyptian metal bands that uses oriental elements in their music.

To begin with, Hathorious is a two pieces band (SlaGe, and Alhussin) formed in 2009, released its first Demo "Beneath The Shade Of Hathor" in 2011 which is only five tracks, let me start with the creepy creative intro "Dawn of The Ancients" how can I describes it? I think it starts with a rainy raw sound, and some birds sounds, like crows or maybe albatrosses (I really can't tell, because birds creeps me out), then you hear some oud playing on guitar (if I'm not wrong) in the background, mixed with some Egyptian atmosphere, then you hear the rainy raw sound again, very solid intro I must say.

I think the production of the demo is good, could be better though. The artwork is excellent. About the songs I think they made some incredible oriental riffs. The weakest thing I think is the drums, since it's a programing it's kind of a boring sometimes, the solos are overwhelming, the vocals in the entire Demo is mix between black-death and both are astonishing. The first thing that can be noted about the song "Abydos" is that between 00:40 and 00:50 you can hear a folk Arabic song, then you hear a shout (in Arabic I guess) then the song continue, I really liked that!. The last song "Funeral of Akhenaten" is an outro track with some growls, slowly solos and Egyptian atmosphere.

I'm really looking forward to hear a full-length by Hathorious. So if you like Oriental Black or Death metal bands such as Nile, Melechesh, Odious, Scarab, and Al-Namrood, you must check this demo, which is for free download here.

Best Tracks: Glory Be to Osiris, Abydos.

Rating: 8/10

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