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3.98 | 50 ratings | 4 reviews | 32% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2016

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. I Mean You Harm (3:55)
2. Mayhem In Blue (7:57)
3. Riders To Utopia (4:38)
4. Lost In Satan's Charms (10:52)
5. The Cannibal Tribe Came From The Sea (6:51)
6. How To Fly In Blackness (6:16)

Total Time 40:29

Line-up / Musicians

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

- Dimitris Dimitrakopoulos / clean vocals
- Håkon Freyr Gustafsson / drums

Releases information

Artwork: with Olia Pishchanska (photo)

CD Dark Essence Records ‎- KAR118 (2016, Norway)

LP Dark Essence Records ‎- KAR118 LP (2016, Norway)

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HAIL SPIRIT NOIR Mayhem In Blue ratings distribution

(50 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(32%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(40%)
Good, but non-essential (12%)
Collectors/fans only (6%)
Poor. Only for completionists (10%)

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Review by Warthur
4 stars Hail Spirit Noir's third album finds them seeing just how far apart they can take the two poles of their sound - psychedelic rock and black metal - whilst still bridging the two worlds effectively. Just as you think they've entirely succumbed to one sonic world, elements of the other erupt into the sound, and yet somehow manage to come across like an entirely natural aspect of the song, even though I'm damn sure the Pink Fairies never threw in screamed vocals and blast beats into their songs. Although I don't think it quite hits the perfect blend that was offered by Oi Magoi, it's still another interesting mutation of the band's sound that proves the sheer versatility of their schtick.
Review by UMUR
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars "Mayhem in Blue" is the 3rd full-length studio album by Greek progressive metal act Hail Spirit Noir. The album was released through Dark Essence Records in October 2016. Itīs the successor to "Oi Magoi" from 2014. Hail Spirit Noir was formed in 2010 by three members of Transcending Bizarre?. The band released their debut full-length studio album "Pneuma" in 2012.

Stylistically the music on "Mayhem in Blue" continues the psychadelic/space rock tinged progressive extreme metal style of the first two albums by the band. Itīs music which owes as much to artists like early Pink Floyd and Hawkwind as it does to an act like Darkthrone and their ilk. The black metal element is relatively restrained here though, but there are a couple of pretty raw moments featured on the album (including a few blast beats). Mostly though weīre treated to a more mellow, dark, and twisted progressive rock/metal sound. Keyboards and especially organ play an important role in the bandīs music, and you can add The Doors to the list of influences as keyboard player Harris often sounds like a bizarre dark carnival version of Ray Manzarek.

"Mayhem in Blue" features 6 tracks and a full playing time of 40:29 minutes, and all tracks featured on the album are high quality compositions. The tracks are adventurous, memorable, and dynamic. The catchiness of the material is one of the great assets of the album, and even the 10:52 minutes long "Lost in Satan's Charms" is instantly catchy. Itīs probably because the band donīt go overboard with complex song structures and technical playing, but instead keep it relatively simple and focused on atmosphere. Simple doesnīt mean regular vers/chorus simple though and the band often break away from that tried and true formula to create more adventurous structures, but they still manage to keep things accessible.

The musicianship is strong on all posts, and the playing tight yet organic. Lead vocalist/guitarist Theoharis has a powerful raspy black metal style vocal delivery, but the pleasant warm clean vocals by guest vocalist Dimitris Dimitrakopoulos are even stronger. The combination of the two vocal styles bring much to Hail Spirit Noirīs music. "Mayhem in Blue" features a raw organic sound production, which brings out the best in the music, and upon conclusion itīs another really strong release by Hail Spirit Noir. A 4.5 star (90%) rating is deserved.

Latest members reviews

4 stars If you know of Greece's Hail Spirit Noir, you know they're weird. Firstly, there's a 70's feel infused throughout their music, as if this could be an obscure, psychedelic-oriented band from progressive rock's golden age. The keyboards, sometimes imitating the waver of a flute, sometimes maintain ... (read more)

Report this review (#1732017) | Posted by Insin | Saturday, June 10, 2017 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Hello from Greece.I ve always appreciated the greek black metal scene from its beginning.i believe that black metal is a music with a wide range of imagination,a technical music and so underrated.For me there are two lets say schools of black metal.norwegian and greek.I purchased the latest releas ... (read more)

Report this review (#1715896) | Posted by KOSKAR | Saturday, April 29, 2017 | Review Permanlink

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