Hailing from Sweden today we have Hyperion’s brilliant debut full-length release “Seraphical Euphony”. Feeling like it was trapped on a time capsule for over 10 years, this highly melodic and catchy release features a melodic Death/Black Metal sound from the 90’s. Perfectly packaged with all the technological advances of our current time, this album is one very unique sounding release in a sea of clones and bands trying too hard to sound ‘vintage’.
After the acoustic building up “Remnants of the Fallen”, “Novus Ordo Seclorum” is a brilliant guitar-led piece that instantly reminded us of Dissection and their legendary “Storm of the Light's Bane”. With a timeless guitar sound, tracks like “Flacellum Dei”, “Seraphical Euphony” and the dramatic “Moral Evasion” really hit that old-school spot, but at the same time combine more atmospheric elements of period bands like Dismal Euphony. We particularly enjoy how this last track evolves after an atmospheric opening and leads into balls to the wall headbanging passages.
The band’s abilities to craft very unique songs that constantly change tempos and go between hyper fast to super melodic is their best asset. Tracks such as “Zephyr of Grace” are testaments to these abilities, going from super atmospheric passages to guitar solos very seamlessly and without disrupting the flow. Crancking out epic song after epic song, our personal favorite in this release is the moody “Empyrean Yearning”.
Overall, Hyperion is a very technically proficient band that can actually deliver catchy and engaging songs without sounding like any of the bands out these days. Filled with epic atmospheric passages and killer guitar work, “Seraphical Euphony” is one of the most dynamic and exciting ‘retro’ Melodic Death/Black Metal releases in the last few years. If you loved Dissection, Sacramentum, old Naglfar and Dismal Euphony, you will love this killer release.
|Album: Seraphical Euphony
Label: Black Lion Productions
Release: February 4th, 2016
Genre: Melodic Black/Death Metal