- Blood guru
- Demon for A Day
- Satan Is Time
- Satyriko Orgio (Satyr’s Orgy)
- The Mermaid
- Oi Magoi
Release Date: 20 January 2014, Code666
“Τέχνη, Μουσική, Ζωή”
Walking among beautiful gardens, you see plenty of flowers you have never seen before and thinking of planting those seeds in your soil and thus creating your personal garden with flowers that have the most fresh smell. Yet that smell makes the watchers recapturing memories in the air. Now, how this romantic atmosphere can be one with the Norwegian culture of black metal? Only Hail Spirit Noir know how and with them all of us walking as often as we want outside their garden, enjoining the smell of an orchid (“Pneuma”) and being witnesses of a new seed (“Oi Magoi”) tending to be the flower that somehow reflects us.
I confess that describing “Oi Magoi” is not as easy as having the wish to listen it unstoppable. This album can move all those who love listening to psychoprog/folk/black albums, which can be described by on word: Artistic. It’s not just the atmospheres behind the black metal marks on guitars, on vocals, on drumming that remind of Darkthrone in the age of “Panzerfaust” or Enslaved. It’s also the successful painting of the ’70s sound, just as it begun with “Pneuma” and in “Oi Magoi” goes on, touching the top.
More distinctly all the songs of the album will capture your existence through music and lyrics. In contrast with “Pneuma”, in here there are more lead guitars and melodies as in the second half of “Blood Guru” where you are magnetized by the repeated melody and in “Demon for A Day” with the folk chorus. All together we can thank Goblin for their contribution and if you have heard of the songs “Suspiria” and “Witch”, then you can realize where all the guitar galls are accredited to. This is just the half true for the singularity of the album.
The other half is the perfect use of all the synths and keyboards. For example in the finale of the black metal attack “Satyriko Orgio” the peace of the keys comes to mop you up. In there underlies the “magic” of Manos Hadjidakis. You can also find him “cooperating” with Goblin in the prelude of the grand opus “The Mermaid”. A song that together with “Satan Is Time” typify the psychoprog sound of the ’70s.
I won’t tell you what to do. You know who are those that must act on the usual way. In case you smell it, you will loose the ground under your feet and one more thing; the lyrics are a reality of the human soul: lost, possessed by thou will and able to lead innocent faces to the mental death.
Review by Dr.Feelgood
- Ancient Arcane Scrolls
- Under Scythian Command
- In the Arms of Hades
- Breathe of Pestilence
- The Small
- Out of the Cage (A tribute to John Cage’s famous composition “4:33”)
Release Date: 31 October 2013, Hells Headbangers Records
“Moon: The Source of the Lost Souls”
A production that smells natural landscape, without the touch of the contemporary hand, songs that create imaginative landscapes in the mind and lyrics that behind all the modern pretexts emanate a truth that humanity does not accept it. All those things are existed in a black/thrash album? Oh yes. And add that the most songs prove the progressive way of thinking of Archon Vorskaath, the only leader of Greeks Zemial.
How does it seem to you having in your hands a black/thrash album, carrying within prog rock elements that take it far from the usual things? Such as a surprise? Maybe and yet the most pleasant surprise you couldn’t expect. From one side you feel through the listening the spirit of the early Bathory, late Darkthrone and Venom (but not as aloud as the Swedish band). “Ancient Arcane Scrolls”, “Under Scythian Command” and “Breathe of Pestilence” are the example of the simplest black/thrash songwriting with a riffing that either attracts you more and more or in seconds touches the limits of heavy/speed sound.
On the other side, you are facing songs in which the marriage of black with prog rock seems the most normal thing in music. Through “In the Arms of Hades” and “Pharos” we stop talking about simple and daily songs. We are talking about Culture, the vector of art, which music ministers. Here Archon unfolds his deepest vision with touches that invoke to Camel (in my point of view) and his personal sign through the Mediterranean melodies on guitars and the sci-fi keyboards leading to a majestic result. And if those two songs are the longest, pay all your attention to the five minute “The Small”. His title is a huge paradox, as it is an eternity on its own. Every second of sound is an image to my eyes, ears and mind.
Like this album, there are some out there, but the theme is who’s paying the right attention on them… Whether you like black/thrash or not, do not miss the chance to listen to “Nykta”. I repeat, it’s not a common album and yet the Egyptian atmosphere on keyboards and the grafical performance of Archon capturing you, like the light of the full moon attracts you.
Review by Dr.Feelgood
- 707 (A November Less)
- Mother Turtle and the Evil Mushroom Part I – The Turtle Conjuration
- The Elf
- God Games
Release Date: 3 October 2013 – Self Released
“Thirsty for Nectar”
As a new day began, the Gods in Olympus decided to find out if there is any young man, able to taste nectar after a course of challenges. Almost all of the young men, full of pride, were certain that they had the inner strength to manage tasting the holy ambrosia. But, there was a young man, who was the most humble of all and the Gods distinguished him, knowing that he was the one passing all the challenges.
Now, if you want to know the name of the one young man, this is Mother Turtle. A story through fantasy that doesn’t abstain much from reality. This band from Thessaloniki, Greece came up from nowhere in order to make us stay awake for several days and nights. Their debut is a huge diamond, whose shining energy is derived from the monsters of British prog rock, Rush (all the sci-fi programming sounds are perfect) and the great sense of melody that the members radiate. This melody is mainly based on all the keyboards and piano parts, which calm the ears and the brain so gently and you feel like traveling in the outer space or diving fearless in the bottom of the sea.
There is also the hard rock clue on lead guitar parts, such as the melodic part in “707 (A November Less)” or the main riff of “Mother Turtle and the Evil Mushroom Part I – The Turtle Conjuration”. Both are irresistible and mortally magnetic. The two Kostas on guitars/vocals and bass and the two George on drums and keyboards/piano designate that apart from catchy musicians can be and as technical as you cannot imagine. Check for sure “Rhinocerotic” and catch your self trying to play something in the air from what you hear. And yet, the holy grail of prog rock in the album is in “God Games” (with the monologue of Al Patsino about what God is from the movie “The Devil’s Advocate”) and “Attic” (Am I the only one who feels the sentimental touch of Criss Oliva from Savatage on guitar as a great student of Alex Lifeson?). Two songs that will kneel you down and make you cry from pleasure; and this because God took all the talent of progressive and gave it to those four musicians.
And thus the young man managed to outdo the first challenge and the Gods smiled satisfied, knowing that their prediction cannot be wrong. And we, the followers of Mother Turtle can’t whip ourselves from this masterpiece. I listen to all these Rush “remains” and the thrill is as alive as it was the first time I heard some treasures from the ’70s. You will stick to all the songs and much more to every each part of every song. A MUST check album!
Review by Dr.Feelgood