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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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Album · 2014 · Black Metal
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"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.


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


Album · 2014 · Black Metal
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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.


Album · 2014 · Black Metal
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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 extensive 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 kept it from the highest rating tier. On Oi Magoi it seems that Hail Spirit Noir have learned from past mistakes (a term I use very loosely given that I previously scored Pneuma at a more than respectable 93/100) and produced an even more cohesive effort overall. It is, simply put, a stunning sophomore effort and the first top tier album I've listened to from 2014. A five star range rating is most definitely deserved.


(Originally written for Heavy Metal Haven: http://metaltube.freeforums.org/hail-spirit-noir-oi-magoi-t3285.html)


Album · 2012 · Black Metal
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Kev Rowland
Greek band Hail Spirit Noir was founded in 2010 by Haris (synths) and Theoharis (vocals, guitar) who are both also members of the avant-garde/ symphonic combo Transcending Bizarre? and the prog band Rex Mundi. Having worked for eighteen months on the material they then brought together some session musicians to assist them in releasing what is in many ways a very strange album indeed. While their musical base appears to be in black metal, they have brought in many elements that aren’t normally considered part of that genre. It is as if they have taken some of the rawness of Darkthrone, the folk elements of Negură Bunget, the progressiveness of Opeth and then thrown in elements of horror films and psychedelia to create something that in its’ totality is quite unlike anything else around.

Vocal styles are mixed up, there is loads of light to complement the dark and in many ways this is a truly progressive album. Mastered by Jens Bogren, Sweden (Opeth, Katatonia, Amon Amarth) and ixed by Dim Douvras (Rotting Christ) the sound is superb, while the artwork by Jesse Peper (In Solitude) definitely gives the feeling that the silver disc contained within is something quite special. At just 36 minutes long it is short by today’s standards, but hopefully that means that the new one will soon be on the way. www.auralmusic.com


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


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