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HAIL SPIRIT NOIR

Experimental/Post Metal • Greece


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HAIL SPIRIT NOIR are an experimental, post-black, avant-garde metal band, formed in early 2010 in Thessaloniki, Greece by Theoharis LIRANTZAKIS and Haris, both members of TRANSCENDING BIZARRE? and REX MUNDI. With more than a year's worth on composing new material, the founders started recording their debut album, inviting a set of competent musicians, at Lunatech Studios. Their debut album ''Pneuma'' was ready in 2011, after a long recording procedure. The album was mixed by Dim Douvras (ROTTING CHRIST) and mastered by Jens Bogren (OPETH, KATATONIA, AMON AMARTH). Towards the end of that year, they signed with Code666/Aural Music for a worldwide release of their debut, which took place in the spring of 2012.

The band describes their sound as ''a mixture of psychedelic elements, horror, sad melodies and modern day black metal'', while their influences come from a range of styles, from KING CRIMSON to GHOST, OPETH and even DARKTHRONE. Choosing unconventional recording and mixing methods, the band achieves a combination of old school and modern feeling, based mostly on atmospheres rather than (the occasionally apparent) blast beats.

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4.02 | 31 ratings
Pneuma
2012
3.97 | 73 ratings
Oi Magoi
2014
4.09 | 21 ratings
Mayhem In Blue
2016

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 Mayhem In Blue by HAIL SPIRIT NOIR album cover Studio Album, 2016
4.09 | 21 ratings

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Mayhem In Blue
Hail Spirit Noir Experimental/Post Metal

Review by Insin

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 maintaining the prog rock sound, are crucial to evoking Mayhem in Blue's old-school vibes, though that fairly frequent feeling of being on an acid trip through hell is probably the most important aspect of all.

But then comes the black metal, more as an equal part of the fusion rather than the core sound of the band. Present mostly in the harsh vocals and lyricism, now and then it's in the riffs and the blast beat drumming. Several bands have attempted the black metal/psychedelia crossover, and none I've heard so far have done it in such a strangely accessible way, such a memorable manner. As always, Hail Spirit Noir has several different types of songs present on their album, and they're good at writing and executing all of them. I Mean You Harm showcases their more straightforward, aggressive side, emphasizing the black metal half of their sound. The title track is a highlight ? with open, darkly atmospheric sections and well-integrated heavier parts. Each track is distinct, and some have unique and instantly recognizable bits, such as the quirky, odd-time, and hard to follow keyboard intro to Riders to Utopia, the symphonic instrumentation of How to Fly in Darkness, and the carnival music of Lost in Satan's Charms. The band is able to keep momentum for heavier areas, drop it when necessary and transform it. The solos are strong, with the exception of the uncertain, wandering one on Riders to Utopia.

Unfortunately, Mayhem in Blue's main flaw is that when the band tries to be creepy, sometimes it comes off as more like a fun Halloween party than what I assume they were going for. It doesn't totally ruin the effect, as it's only a little cheesy instead. The "open" atmosphere works very well, on the other hand, when the music is soft but dark, the drums are sparse, and the clean vocals shine. This is especially effective on the title track (as mentioned earlier) and The Cannibal Tribe Came From The Sea.

Mayhem in Blue is on par with the rest of Hail Spirit Noir's work. The band continues to evolve, if only subtly, as they integrate small new oddities, new atmospheres, and new songwriting styles into what they've already accomplished. They are able to mold their unique, signature sound to different songs with different needs. Mayhem in Blue, along with Hail Spirit Noir's previous works, is definitely worth checking out, especially if you are searching for something on the stranger side of music.

 Mayhem In Blue by HAIL SPIRIT NOIR album cover Studio Album, 2016
4.09 | 21 ratings

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Mayhem In Blue
Hail Spirit Noir Experimental/Post Metal

Review by KOSKAR

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 release from hail spirit noir and OH MY GOD!!WHAT IS THIS?This is one of the most unique sounds i ve ever heard.Norwegian,greek black metal poisoned with LSD and other 70s drugs. I knew that black metal is a wide ranged music,but this is unbelievable.As im listening to this album i realize that progrock will never die,because of its nature.Prog rock is like universe.it expands and expands and expands...... If you wanna know progressive black metal is this is the album for you.This is the future of music.Just another crumple of the universe called prog rock.easily 5 stars.
 Mayhem In Blue by HAIL SPIRIT NOIR album cover Studio Album, 2016
4.09 | 21 ratings

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Mayhem In Blue
Hail Spirit Noir Experimental/Post Metal

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.

 Mayhem In Blue by HAIL SPIRIT NOIR album cover Studio Album, 2016
4.09 | 21 ratings

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Mayhem In Blue
Hail Spirit Noir Experimental/Post Metal

Review by Warthur
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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.
 Oi Magoi by HAIL SPIRIT NOIR album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.97 | 73 ratings

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Oi Magoi
Hail Spirit Noir Experimental/Post Metal

Review by UMUR
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4 stars "Oi Magoi" is the 2nd full-length studio album by Greek progressive extreme metal act Hail Spirit Noir. The album was released through code666 in January 2014. Hail Spirit Noir was originally formed as a side-project by two members of Greek avant garde/post-black metal act Transcending Bizarre?, but the band's debut album "Pneuma (2012)" turned out to be a major success for the band. Widely praised by critics and fans alike, so it appears that Transcending Bizarre? is put on hold for the moment and all focus is on Hail Spirit Noir.

Stylistically the music on "Oi Magoi" continues the progressive/psychadelic extreme metal style of "Pneuma (2012)". A curious mix of black metal and 70s hard rock/heavy psych and progressive rock with a freakshow atmosphere. The band's use of vintage keyboards add a warm and organic sound to the music which is further enhanced by the earthy and analogue sounding production. The black metal elements are actually not that dominant on "Oi Magoi" and are pretty much limited to raspy vocals and the occasional harder edged distorted riff section (like the opening section in "Satyriko Orgio (Satyrs' Orgy)") and progressive rock listeners not accustomed to extreme metal vocals, should still be able to greatly appreciate large portions of the album. Tracks like "Satan is Time" and especially the 11:29 minutes long "The Mermaid", both feature clean vocals and longer passages that are closer in style to 70s progressive rock than they are to extreme metal of any kind.

It's the darker and more heavy part of the progressive rock from the 70s that's been the influence on Hail Spirit Noir, so even though there are some tranquil and beautiful sections on "Oi Magoi", there is a dark and almost occult atmosphere to the proceedings that works really well within an extreme metal context. The songwriting was generally on a high level on "Pneuma (2012)", but "Oi Magoi" is more consistent and slightly more sophisticated. As a result of that, it's a slightly stronger album than it's predecessor and that actually says a lot since "Pneuma (2012)" was a surprisingly high quality debut album. "Oi Magoi" deserves a 4.5 star (90%) rating.

 Oi Magoi by HAIL SPIRIT NOIR album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.97 | 73 ratings

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Oi Magoi
Hail Spirit Noir Experimental/Post Metal

Review by Aldebaran_Well

5 stars As we all get older and become more experienced listeners, it's getting harder and harder to discover and listen to bands and artists whose music feels entirely fresh and new. There are some magic moments though, rare as they can be, when we can still find something extraordinary, music that makes you think even when the record stop spinning or albums that make you want to analyze their art, the people who created it and their interaction with our own selves. Bands that carry an aura of mystique in art that has to do with things beyond music. Well, ladies and gentlemen, ''Oi Magoi'' can be such an album for you and, oh, how wonderful this mind trap is! Or, should I say, diabolically wonderful?

It seems that Haris and Theoharis, also members of the very interesting and eccentric Transcending Bizarre?, love the element of weirdness in every project they get involved with. This is Hail Spirit Noir's second album, after 2012's ''Pneuma''. That was a good album too but this time with the release of ''Oi Magoi'' the band extends the limits of how far extreme and prog music can go together. At this review I won't describe the songs separately, not only because there are things beyond description, but also because HSN's vision is so specific that makes the whole album sound as a single entity.

Psychedelic black metal. Ok, we've heard this term before. Many tried it, some wrote history (Ved Buens Ende), some did very well (In the woods, Enslaved, Nachtmystium) and many made a fool out of themselves. What I really love about black metal is that it proved to be a very resilient genre when combined with others, without losing its stylistic characteristics. HSN though, make a step beyond mixing styles and this is their greatest achievement: They stand at two worlds at the same time. One foot stands on black metal, on old school, mid tempo, dirty sounding black metal, in the veins of Mayhem, Darkthrone, and Mortuary Drape, while the other foot steps steadily on 70's psych/prog rock. These two worlds are always balanced, fully unified, neither betrayed at any moment. The result sounds like the band has discovered a very deep, common root that connects two so different styles. Every time I listen to the album, this connection seems incredible. So, dear reader, please understand that we are dealing with a band that is equally black and prog.

7 songs, 7 minutes of average running time, 7 monuments of dark art. The first thing you'll notice, the moody and very underground-ish production, may annoy you a bit. Give yourself time to adjust to the fact that the sound is such on purpose and it perfectly serves the horror atmosphere and the ''jamming at the basement'' attitude that HSN delivers. No highly polished instruments here and I guess that this was thematically decided by the band. Each song feature perfectly structured changes from straightforward to psychedelic parts without ever affecting its mood. There are psych/space solos, melodic guitar lines, even krautrock and folk influences. I personally adore all the synth work of Haris which is made in the finest classic prog tradition. Even the vocals have a very satisfying range from the typical howlings to very deep and epic voices, being very theatrical ? without noticing it a first.

Three of the songs are almost like rituals: ''Satan is time'' begins like a ballad but its growing intensity can send you shivers. In ''Satyricon orgy'', well, the title says it all ? featuring the only blast beat part of the album ? while the title track ''Oi Magoi'' is so hypnotizing and dark that it almost sounds like a soundtrack of a litany. The opening ''Blood Guru'' feels like drawing the curtains of a strange, unseen world and ''The Hunter'' and ''Demon a day'' are a bit more simple and straight. The 11 minutes long ''The mermaid'' is a fantastic, mind blowing elegy which almost makes you feel like you're lost and hunted in a chaotic, monstrous ocean. Here is an experiment: listen carefully at the four first minutes of the song. Compare them with any instrumental part of the 70's prog rock masterpieces. Tell us the result of the comparison.

Lyrically, the band dives into the mythological, besides the occult. ''Satan is time'' is almost philosophical: ''We float in space and follow the pace of a clock designed by his will'' is a lyric that may refer to an aspect of the world from the satanist's point of view, while I believe that it describes perfectly the band itself and its vision. ''Oi Magoi'' (meaning The Magicians) repeat constantly only two lyrics in greek (something that is like ''the magicians bring as present death on earth, the magicians will kill the children''), until the lyrics start to sound like a hellish echo. All music interact with the lyrics in a cinematic way, supported by weird sounds, screams, breaths, gongs, percussion, whatever.

Greek black metal scene is one of the best in the world for two decades now. As this scene is concerned, I believe that ''Oi Magoi''is the best album I've heard since Rotting Christ's ''Thy mighty contract'' back from 1993. Globally, I think that Hail Spirit Noir is the most interesting active black metal band, along with Deathspell Omega. Personally, I had to feel this since ''Sham Mirrors'' of Arcturus. I'm proud that ''Oi Magoi'' is created by fellow Greeks!

It took me a lot of time to decide on my rating. For fans of avant garde black metal, this is an instant five. If you don't like extreme music, still, you have to give it at least a three for the prog part, so four would be really fair, right? For me, it's a 4,5. Still, I honestly believe that time will make this a classic of its genre and it has the potential to be a future reference next to the mighty Ved Buens Ende. This is a record with the power to make things happen. So, my inner voice says 5 stars and I'll listen to it. Congratulations Hail Spirit Noir!

 Oi Magoi by HAIL SPIRIT NOIR album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.97 | 73 ratings

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Oi Magoi
Hail Spirit Noir Experimental/Post Metal

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

5 stars Hail Spirit Noir's psychedelic black metal on Pneuma was an intriguing experiment; their tripped out psyche-prog blackened rock on Oi Magoi is the explosive result. A somewhat weightier album than Pneuma, running around 10 minutes longer, and it feels like a good judgement call on the band's part because their sound is genuinely richer and stands up to closer and more intense scrutiny here. Transcending Bizarre? is these guys' main musical port of call, but when this purported side project is turning out material of this quality, and of an originality on a level that could define a whole new subgenre of black metal, it's clear that Oi Magoi are worth keeping a close eye on.
 Pneuma by HAIL SPIRIT NOIR album cover Studio Album, 2012
4.02 | 31 ratings

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Pneuma
Hail Spirit Noir Experimental/Post Metal

Review by Warthur
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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.
 Pneuma by HAIL SPIRIT NOIR album cover Studio Album, 2012
4.02 | 31 ratings

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Pneuma
Hail Spirit Noir Experimental/Post Metal

Review by UMUR
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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.

 Pneuma by HAIL SPIRIT NOIR album cover Studio Album, 2012
4.02 | 31 ratings

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Pneuma
Hail Spirit Noir Experimental/Post Metal

Review by J-Man
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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.

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