Hyperborean Desire - _...v kruhu Veskerensiva..._
(Naga Productions, 2006)
by: Quentin Kalis (7.5 out of 10)
What we have here folks, is the black metal Opeth. Or perhaps blackened math-core. Neither description is entirely accurate, but both do contain a kernel of truth -- the acoustic passages sound much like a certain renowned group of Swedes, whilst occasional off-kilter rhythms were not adopted from any recognisable strand of black metal. Regardless, Hyperborean Desire are still primarily a black metal band, with the foundational basis consisting of relatively simple and trebly blasting, over which is overlaid a variety of off the wall eccentricities.

Their eclecticism is best epitomized by my personal favourite, "V Obrane drzavy Prastareho" an unholy mix incorporating an Opethian intro, blasting tremolo riffs, death grunts over some prog-ish styling, a catchy and a melodic chorus (if it can be called that) with clean vocals, all in little more than five minutes. Very nice.

Given their experimental tendencies, it's a pity all lyrics are in their native Czech; some seem like the usual anti-Christian rhetoric, but I would like to know if their musical eclecticism extends to the lyrics. Despite all of the above, the approach still feels somewhat inchoate and not every song flows as smoothly as they could have and I get the distinct impression that they still mastering their approach. Learning curve or not, it remains an album I will enjoy listening too repeatedly and I await their future work with bated breath.

Contact: http://hyperborean-desire.com

(article published 21/11/2007)

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