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3.90 | 43 ratings | 3 reviews | 35% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2012

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Mountain of Horror (5:16)
2. Let Your Devil Come Inside (3:23)
3. Against the Curse, We Dream (6:25)
4. When All Is Black (5:23)
5. Into the Gates of Time (13:21)
6. Haire Pneuma Skoteino (3:50)

Total Time 37:38

Line-up / Musicians

- Theoharis Liratzakis / guitars, lead vocals
- Haris / synths
- Dimitris "Dim" Makrantonakis / bass, acoustic guitar

- Dimitris Dimitrakopoulos / vocals
- Ioannis Yahoudis / drums

Releases information

Artwork: Jesse Peper painting

CD Code666 ‎- code063 (2012, Italy)

LP Aural Music ‎- none (2014, Italy)

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HAIL SPIRIT NOIR Pneuma ratings distribution

(43 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(35%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(33%)
Good, but non-essential (16%)
Collectors/fans only (7%)
Poor. Only for completionists (9%)

HAIL SPIRIT NOIR Pneuma reviews

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Review by J-Man
4 stars As the years pass by, it seems like modern black metal can be distinctly broken up into two different categories. On one hand, you have countless young bands trying to re-create the magic of mid nineties' Mayhem and Darkthrone records, and on the other hand you have bands who are genuinely interested in bringing black metal to a whole new level of creativity - Hail Spirit Noir definitely belongs to the second category. If you don't believe me, just take a listen to what they've cooked up for their debut album, Pneuma. Hail Spirit Noir literally sounds like the result of a sixties' psychedelic rock group on a bad acid trip; everything from the vintage-sounding production, retro keyboard styles, and and progressive song structures brings us back to the golden age of psychedelic rock... except there's something different. Black metal-styled riffs, harsh vocals, and a twisted sense of melancholy somehow ended up in the mix, and the end result is unlike anything I've ever heard before. Although Hail Spirit Noir is anything but a 'traditional' black metal act, this debut is an essential purchase for open-minded fans of the genre.

When the term progressive black metal is brought up, the likes of Enslaved, Wolves in the Throne Room, Shining, and Deathspell Omega are usually the first bands that come to mind - many other 'progressive' black metal groups tend to sound similar to at least one of the aforementioned pioneers, but that isn't at all the case with Hail Spirit Noir. In addition to the 'bad acid trip' comparison I made earlier, Pneuma sounds like what would happen if King Crimson got together with Darkthrone for a jam session. The mellotron-soaked style of eclectic prog rock pioneered by Robert Fripp seems like a major influence to Hail Spirit Noir, and the way they manage to also sneak in black metal sections and harsh vocals without ever skipping a beat is admirable. Everything about Pneuma's production just reeks of the late sixties', and I think that's what helps bridge the band's adventurous blend of progressive rock and black metal so well. Just listen to the 12 minute masterpiece "Into the Gates of Time" to hear how much the vintage production helps make Hail Spirit Noir's sound so successful.

Pneuma is one of those albums that may be a bit difficult to grasp at first, but given the proper amount of time, it eventually reveals itself as a brilliant gem. Hail Spirit Noir have made one hell of a debut effort, and while I would've liked it to be a bit longer, this is a downright superb album. Fans of black metal, progressive rock, and experimental music in general should find plenty to enjoy here - this is one of early 2012's musical highlights for sure.

Review by UMUR
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars "Pneuma" is the debut full-length studio album by Greek progressive extreme metal act Hail Spirit Noir. The album was released through code666 in March 2012. Hail Spirit Noir features three members of Greek avant garde/post-black metal act Transcending Bizarre?.

The music on the album is in quite an eclectic progressive extreme metal style, that may be somewhat rooted in black metal but travels far beyond the usual boundaries of the genre and greatly challenges the genre characteristics of that style. Warm vintage sounding keyboards/organ, progressive song structures, 70s hard rock influences, psychadelic elements, a blackened rockīnīroll touch (just listen to the main riff in "Against the Curse, We Dream" or "Haire Pneuma Skoteino") and just a general playfullness thatīs greatly charming. A band like Enslaved comes to mind, but Hail Spirit Noir has a kind of freakshow/dark carnival atmosphere present in their music that is far removed from the more serious sounding Norwegians. The vocals on "Pneuma" are, in addition to the adventurous instrumental part of the music, one of the great assets of the album. the blackened raspy harsh type vocals and the commanding powerful clean vocals are both delivered with great conviction and skill.

The album features 6 tracks distributed over a 36:57 minutes of playing time, so itīs safe to say itīs not a very long album. Iīd take quality over quantity any day though and thereīs plenty of quality here to justify the relatively short playing time. "Pneuma" is simply an enjoyable album from beginning to end (the only exception being the 4 minute ambient/noise ending to "Into the Gates of Time", which to my ears is wasting precious playing time). A 4.5 star (90%) rating is fully deserved.

Review by Warthur
4 stars Psychedelic black metal? You better believe it! Hail Spirit Noir's debut album finds the band combining sick, dirty black metal riffs and vocals with fat, meaty organ courtesy of Haris. The organ sound on the album in particular recalls psychedelic greats like the Doors, Procol Harum, Atomic Rooster and other greats of the psychedelic and proto-prog eras - if said pioneers had been possessed by demons and forced to jam for Satan, that is. At 36 minutes the album is short and sweet, which I think is the right call - this particular style is interesting but I'm not sure it'd hold up over an hour, whilst at this running time it's a fresh slice of innovative avant-black metal which doesn't outstay its welcome.

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