Hirilorn - _A Hymn to the Ancient Souls_
by: Pedro Azevedo (4 out of 5)
By adding a certain personal touch to standard black metal, Hirilorn have managed to create a rather interesting demo tape. They have essentially used more guitar leads than usual in black metal, and did it quite well, too: plenty of good melodic guitar leads emerge from within their relatively harsh mid-to-fast paced black metal sound. It may not seem obvious at all, but it works -- and I strongly dislike pointless, vain guitar solos. What happens is just that these leads merge well with the rest of the music. The rest of the band members do their job too, and there are plenty of changes in the music during the 30 minutes of this demo, though they do tend to sometimes repeat some melodies a bit too much. Still, this doesn't happen too often, so the demo doesn't suffer much from that. I also listened to "Through the Moonless Night", a song taken from their upcoming album _Legend of Evil and Eternal Death_, which shows expectable improvements while essentially retaining most of the demo's characteristics -- it's therefore likely to be an interesting album, if they can keep the quality at least as high as in this song.

Contact: Olivier Borzeix, 23 Rue du Capitaine Bes,

(article published 1/9/1998)

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