Hegemone are a band from Poland that plays a mixture of black metal, post rock and sludge and this is a review of their self released 2014 album "Luminosity".
Distorted sounding experimental music sounds start off the album and after a minute the music goes into more of a heavy sludge metal direction along with some aggressive vocals that also bring in black metal screams at times and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them.
Most of the tracks a re very long and epic in length and the music also brings in a great amount of post metal style melodies and there are also some saxophones on some of the tracks that also gives the music more of an avant garde feeling while some of the other songs are heavily influenced by shoegaze.
As the album progresses the music speeds up a bit in certain sections of the recording and adds in blast beats and tremolo picking which also displays more of the bands black metal side and they also add in melodic leads and solos at times and on some of the later tracks more clean playing is added into the music and they bring a progressive feeling to the album along with some clean singing vocals that bring in a psychedelic feeling when they are utilized.
Hegemone plays a very original style of music that combines the more melodic side of black metal with the heaviness of sludge and a good amount of progressive, post rock and shoegaze elements to create some very interesting sounding music, the production sounds very dark and heavy while the lyrics cover dark, melancholic and philosophical themes.
In my opinion Hegemone are a very great sounding mixture of black metal, post rock and sludge and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "The Hunt Within" and "Nightingale". 8 out of 10.