Hail Spirit Noir - Pneuma review




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Band: Hail Spirit Noir
Album: Pneuma
Release date: February 2012


01. Mountain Of Horror
02. Let Your Devil Come Inside
03. Against The Curse, We Dream
04. When All Is Black
05. Into The Gates Of Time
06. Haire Pneuma Skoteino


It has been philosophized that at every moment the universe destroys itself, then recreates itself just as quickly. If this were true, the only appropriate emotion for any human to have is a state of constant, yet pleasant surprise. Now, this theory does sound like a pile of absurd bullshit to me, but it seems like it can be appropriately applied to this bizarre form of black metal that Hail Spirit Noir put forth.

Where to begin...Yeah, Pneuma is definitely evil sounding, but Christ almighty, is it ever a blast to listen to! Take some post- type riffs found in Nachtmystium's latest album Addicts, now make them catchier, with a bit more bounce, have those riffs drift in and out of some rockabilly-esque guitar work that sounds like it belongs in some cheap 1950's horror movie. Liking it? It gets better; throw some organ behind it a la Acid Witch, then give it some gritty recent Darkthrone type vocals, and you've got the general idea...Until the later half of the album kicks in, then you're looking at something closer to Opeth during their 70's prog rock worship moments.

Spooky! Yes! That's the word I'm looking for! You know those dilapidated haunted house rides you go to at the carnival? The ones where the springs don't seem to work on any of the pop-out skeletons, a bit of the wall panelling has come down, a few bare electrical circuits showing, and there's a couple of toothless carnies, stoned out of their tree, fucking in the corner? You know how these little imperfections give the ride a much more sinister aura than it would if it saw proper upkeep? That's basically the feeling you get from Hail Spirit Noir

Like spooky, fun shit? Well, you know what to do - hop to it, asshole!


 



Written on 26.02.2012 by Former EIC. Now just a reviewer guy.


Comments

Comments: 18   Visited by: 459 users
26.02.2012 - 14:51
Ag Fox
Angel No More

Posts: 4721
From: Hong Kong

Sold
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26.02.2012 - 17:37
Mr. Doctor
Skandino

Posts: 16467
From: Sweden

... SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!


From what I've heard from the myspace, this is great stuff!
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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26.02.2012 - 17:50
Boxcar Willy
yr a kook

Posts: 7347
From: Canada

Written by Mr. Doctor on 26.02.2012 at 17:37

... SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!


From what I've heard from the myspace, this is great stuff!

^this.
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26.02.2012 - 18:48
Unhealer
Eclecticist

Posts: 2187
From: Argentina

I'm checking the myspace also.
God, this sounds lovely.

EDIT: I mean it, this is great.
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26.02.2012 - 20:37
Paz
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Posts: 2868
From: Poland

I love this shit!
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26.02.2012 - 23:10
Czerny Reiter

Posts: 164
From: Portugal

*wags tail*

You're pushing all my buttons, Doc.

Checking this out asap.
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26.02.2012 - 23:55
Fat & Sassy!
Nomcat

Posts: 3851
From: USA

I just listened to "Against the Curse, We Dream" on YouTube, and I'm pretty sure this is Sonic Youth reinventing themselves with a horror metal theme. xD I will certainly be checking this album out. It sounds great!
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Knowledge is not wisdom
Wisdom is not truth
Truth is not beauty
Beauty is not love
Love is not music
Music is THE BEST..." ____Frank Zappa
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27.02.2012 - 13:36
Draugen

Posts: 379
From: Sweden

This is some crazy stuff. I like it.
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27.02.2012 - 21:51
gobbonero

Posts: 1
From: Italy
Love tis shit too
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29.02.2012 - 20:13
.Nick

Posts: 75
From: Belgium

I've been listening to some songs on YouTube, sounded pretty cool.
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14.03.2012 - 14:55
Unhealer
Eclecticist

Posts: 2187
From: Argentina

Definitely, champion record!
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05.04.2012 - 17:44
Urs Blank

Posts: 319
From: France

And to think that I didn't take the time to listen to this until today
Now on my fourth listen in a row and I'd dare say that it's my favourite 2012 release so far!
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08.04.2012 - 06:23
strade

Posts: 674
From: USA

You steered us right, Doc. Seriously, how did I just get around to listening to this one? Incredible album.
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17.04.2012 - 02:37
calabazo2

Posts: 2
From: Spain
Awesome and fresh!!! Mountain of Horror --> Classic
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21.08.2012 - 07:36
Apothecary
Drone Strike

Posts: 3912
From: USA

Great album, the bass and the keys are what really sell it for me. Excellent review as usual Doc!
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Written by RaduP on 14.01.2016 at 02:08

So you're not actually a bearded shaman opening his third eye through music?
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12.09.2012 - 11:51
Hallford9000

Posts: 242
From: Germany

Listening session finished. Gonna buy the original. Where do you guys dig up debut albums like this?
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12.09.2012 - 18:14
Doc Godin
Obnoxious

Posts: 9644
From: Canada

Written by Hallford9000 on 12.09.2012 at 11:51

Listening session finished. Gonna buy the original. Where do you guys dig up debut albums like this?

They get sent to us by bands & PR labels. Usually they blow, every once in a while though, you get something awesome like this.
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"I got a lot of really good ideas, problem is, most of them suck."
- George Carlin
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20.11.2012 - 03:25
Anoplogaster

Posts: 4
From: Chile
This is an amazing work!
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