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Hathorious > Beneath the Shade of Hathor > Reviews > truvelocity
Hathorious - Beneath the Shade of Hathor

...and this is just the demo? - 88%

truvelocity, September 26th, 2011

There's a lot of great metal coming out of Egypt and the Middle East these days.
You get the immediate feeling that these bands are striving to carve a niche for themselves...to create a singular identity in a metal world that seems to be branded with sameness especially in the extreme circles. Along with fellow countrymen Scarab, Tunisia's Progressive powerhouse Myrath, Out Body Experience and Jordan's Bilocate, Hathorious have crafted a sound rich in oriental texture and flowing with the milk of melodic kindness. They in fact have managed to transcend the common metal groupings and their sound weaves chaotically from Doom to Death to Black to Prog with the oriental elements being the only adjoining thread.

What makes this five song demo such a wow is the fact that despite all this avant garde pandering, the band still manages to stay true to all we have come to love about metal. The "riff" is present in every song and they know how to hold down a good groove upon which they then lay their intricate melodies. Comparisons cannot easily be drawn and that is where Hathorious shall succeed. The song "Abydos" for instance calls Dark Tranquillity to mind but is rather more layered and cyclical than anything that band has thus done. The band's black metal elements shine more thorougly in the drumming than anywhere else. Everything is clear and audible (for a demo) and if this is any indication to what the album will sound like then I'm already breathless with anticipation!