HAIL SPIRIT NOIR
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Hail Spirit Noir is a Greek psychedelic black metal band.

From the website of Aural Music: "Hail Spirit Noir was founded in Thessaloniki, Greece in the dawn of 2010 by Haris and Theoharis, also members of the avant-garde/symphonic combo Transcending Bizarre?.Having already spent a year and a half on composing new material, the two masterminds of the band gathered a troupe of competent musicians in the foothills of legendarymount Olympus, at Lunatech Studios, to record their debut album. After severe experimentation and non-stop recording sessions, the result is an amalgam of psychedelic elements, horror atmosphere and modern day black metal."
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Pneuma
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HAIL SPIRIT NOIR Mayhem In Blue

Album · 2016 · Black Metal
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adg211288
Hail Spirit Noir, of Greece, is in my view one of the most unique and special bands to be produced by the 2010's metal scene. Representing a clash between the worlds of black metal and psychedelic rock (with some progressive influences), in itself not unique as you can't talk about such a combination without acknowledging the existence of the perhaps better known Finnish group Oranssi Pazuzu, they still manage to produce records that don't sound like anything else I've ever come across, first with Pneuma (2012) and then with its even stronger follow-up, Oi Magoi (2014). Of course I'm only marginally familiar with the other band myself, having heard their most recent offering Värähtelijä (2016), but it's my impression that both Oranssi Pazuz and Hail Spirit Noir have quite different takes on mixing the two genres together. For my part I find Hail Spirit Noir to be the superior unit thanks to the excellent first two albums and with third release Mayhem in Blue (2016), they've now made it three for three and with an album that has claims to being their best yet.

Next to the prior album Oi Magoi, Mayhem in Blue finds Hail Spirit Noir noticeably playing in a different gear. One that has their black metal side turned up to eleven but without sacrificing any of the psychedelic flare that gives their sound that special edge. No track makes this clearer than the opening I Mean You Harm, which is a really full force black metal track from Hail Spirit Noir. Aggressive and in your face with fast, raw riffs assaulting the ears and a strong harsh vocal from frontman Theoharis. After this barrage the band are quick to show that there is still room for a softer moment on the album with the Mayhem in Blue title track. Of course a softer moment for Hail Spirit Noir involves eerie psychedelic synths and equally haunting clean vocals replacing the growls, although these are still used when the song switches back up for another bashing of black metal akin to the opener. The band have of course always been a bit too black metal for a fan of psychedelic rock who doesn't like black metal as well to get the most out of, but Mayhem in Blue more than ever feels like it's an album for the metalheads. In comparison Oi Magoi sounds more liked blackened psychedelic rock than an actual black metal album. That's how much more intense Mayhem in Blue is.

While I Mean You Harm does start the album strong and serves well to state the intent of the record, having now listened to Mayhem in Blue a few times I can't help but think that it's actually the weakest track due to being so much more straight-forward compared to the rest of the material. The forty minute album only has six tracks and one of those, Riders to Utopia, isn't actually much longer than I Mean You Harm, but like the longer ones, which includes the near eleven minute Lost in Satan's Charms, it seems to cram more into its duration. The band are very good at having a lot of different influences going on without making their music fell overblown and there are some great psychedelic melodies being served up here and while I Mean You Harm certainly doesn't lack one of its own, it's not what the track seems to be about. I do still love it though. I think it's always great to hear a different side to an artist pulled off well, but I'm also glad the track opens the album so the flow isn't disrupted later.

While I did think that Oi Magoi as a whole was a better release than Pneuma, the first album up until this point did include my favourite Hail Spirit Noir track, which was Let Your Devil Come Inside. As of Mayhem in Blue that's no longer true as its title track has displaced it. I really can't find fault with any of the following tracks of course, with their impressive instrumental work and mix of clean and harsh vocals, but there's something really special about this one song. Everything just feels right. Everything about it says this is what Hail Spirit Noir should sound like.

Hail Spirit Noir are one of a few artists who are the reason why I currently consider black metal to be the most interesting metal genre in the current scene. It's this genre where the advances seem to be being made right now, even compared to progressive metal which I honestly feel has become really quite stagnant in the last couple of years. A few decent albums here and there, but nothing that makes me sit up and say 'this artist is special', which is exactly how I feel about Hail Spirit Noir, now more true than ever with Mayhem in Blue under their belt. I had thought that this year's best black metal album was a given with a new Mare Cognitum release out, but I'll eat my hat on this one: I was wrong. Mayhem in Blue is better. Though believe it or not, compared to the two previous albums I actually did find that this one was more of a grower, especially it's last two tracks The Cannibal Tribe Came from the Sea and How to Fly in Blackness, but perhaps that's the way a masterpiece should be?

HAIL SPIRIT NOIR Oi Magoi

Album · 2014 · Black Metal
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UMUR
"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.

HAIL SPIRIT NOIR Oi Magoi

Album · 2014 · Black Metal
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Kev Rowland
It’s hard to know quite where to begin with the second album from Greek metallers Hail Spirit Noir. The one thing I’m sure of is that it is the same trio of Haris (synths), Theoharis (guitars, vocals) and Dim (bass, acoustic guitars) who performed on their debut ‘Pneuma’, along with the same two guest musicians Ioannis Giahoudis (drums) and Dimitris Dimitrakopoulos (additional vocals), but how to describe it? The press release probably comes closest by saying that it is “a trip into the obscure and all things black, filthy and psychedelic”. There are many references in the music press about these guys coming out of the Greek black metal scene, and given who has been involved with the production (mastered by Jens Bogren, Sweden (Opeth, Katatonia, Amon Amarth) - mixed by Dim Douvras (Rotting Christ)) it is no surprise that they have kept their heaviest, but someone would have to be quite musically naïve to state that this was a true BM album in any sense of the word.

‘Oi Magoi’ (meaning “Seven Musicians” – there are seven songs on the album) has been described as “a psychoprog black metal album of trippy melodies and satyric ecstasy” but even that doesn’t really get close to what it is all about. The production is clean, but also warps the music around the listener like a blanket. Yes, there are times when there are the riffing guitars that one might expect from BM, but they are plenty of others when it feels that the late Sixties are back again, but darker and more threatening than ever. An incredibly complex album, there is more to hear each time it is played. Somehow it is quite accessible, yet very different and challenging all at the same time. This is for those who enjoy the adventurous, combined with a Hammond B3… www.auralmusic.com

HAIL SPIRIT NOIR Oi Magoi

Album · 2014 · Black Metal
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Warthur
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.

HAIL SPIRIT NOIR Oi Magoi

Album · 2014 · Black Metal
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adg211288
Oi Magoi (2014), meaning The Magicians, is the second full-length album by Greek Psychedelic Black Metal act Hail Spirit Noir. The group, which consists of the trio of Theoharis (guitars, vocals), Haris (synths) and Dim (bass, acoustic guitars), all also of Transcending Bizarre?, have been joined for a second time by the same guest musicians that appeared on their debut album Pneuma (2012), namely drummer Ioannis Giahoudis and clean vocalist Dimitris Dimitrakopoulos. While the two are considered to be guest performers with the group for me Dimitris Dimitrakopoulos proved to be a key part of the Hail Spirit Noir sound on Pneuma, so I'm glad to hear him performing on Oi Magoi as well.

Musically Hail Spirit Noir often belongs more to the psychedelic rock genre than they do to black metal. Often it is only the growling vocals of Theoharis adding the extreme metal edge to the music, although despite the fact you won't be hearing raw guitars all the time, both Oi Magoi and Pneuma before it never lack for the atmosphere that is associated with black metal music, and the psychedelic elements tend to add a melancholic feel to the proceedings. This is especially heightened during the clean vocal sections that Dimitrakopoulos sings. It's also incredibly beautiful, even though those two things, melancholy and beauty, may contradict themselves.

If there was a complaint to be aimed at Pneuma, it was that it really didn't last for a long enough time, clocking in at under 40 minutes. While such a short running time certainly inspired a lot of repeat listens I for one needed to hear more than the six songs from Pneuma to get my Hail Spirit Noir fix, even though true to the form of an excellent album Pneuma never got old no matter how many times I listened. Oi Magoi is much longer than its predecessor being just shy of 50 minutes, although in terms of the amount of tracks they only went one better this time, with seven. Still what a seven they are! The average run time tends towards at least the six minute mark and like with Pneuma's Into the Gates of Time there is also an epic length track in the form of The Mermaid. The songs flit back and forth between eerie psychedelic rock and harsh black metal passages, usually tending towards one or the other during a track but including elements of both almost all of the time, while some of the tracks include progressive touches, an early example being Demon for a Day which is, like The Mermaid, one of Oi Magoi's best tracks.

Picking best tracks for an album like Oi Magoi (and by extension a band like Hail Spirit Noir) is quite the demanding task though. They'll all excellent in their own ways and while Let Your Devil Come Inside from Pneuma may still stand as my favourite individual song by the band so far, overall the debut had a couple of minor faults that are fixed here. With Oi Magoi it seems that Hail Spirit Noir have learned from past mistakes and produced an even more cohesive effort overall. It is, simply put, a stunning sophomore effort.

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As far as I'm concerned, the best black metal band to emerge in recent years.

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