Hyperborean are a band from Sweden that has been featured before in this zine that plays a very melodic and experimental style of black metal and this recording and this is a review of t heir self released 2014 album "Myths Of the Great Pestilence".
A very heavy and melodic sound starts off the album along with some blast beats and black metal screams as well as all of the musical instruments having a very powerful sound and the band also uses deep growls which bring a death metal feeling to the recording and they also bring in guitar leads that utilize a great amount of melody, talent and skill and the music also utilizes a mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts.
Thrash influences have a good amount of dominance in their music and they also add in technical parts at times as well as some really fast guitar picking and as the album progresses the band also starts adding psychedelic elements in certain sections of the recording and the black metal elements on this album go for an even more grim direction than the recording I reviewed 3 years back.
Halfway through t he album acoustic guitars are added onto one track and they enhance the experimental qualities of the recording while the main focus is still on melodic black metal along with a few long and epic in length tracks which also starts utilizing traces of classic rock in the guitar riffing and the last song is a black metal version of Blue Oyster Cult's "Dont Fear the Ripper".
Hyperborean show a great amount of growth with their new album which is still true to melodic black metal direction but t hey also add in more diverse elements to make the recording more original sounding, the production is very professional sounding and the lyrics cover historical battles, war and mythology.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Hyperborean and if you are a fan of melodic black metal, you should check out this album> RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Hail Dystopia" "The Slaves Of the World" "On The nature of Mankind" and "Dont Fear The Ripper". 8 out of 10.