Hyperion EP Review
Released January 1, 2015
Genre: Progressive Black Metal
It seems that every year a different American band with black metal tendencies becomes the main source of content for music websites and publications, with Pretty Neat Grooves not being exempt from this trend. Liturgy owned 2011, Krallice owned 2012, Deafheaven owned 2013 and Wolves In The Throne Room owned 2014 even though they released an electronic album (Deafheaven did well AGAIN in 2015). Every year, another band gains many fans but annoys many black metal purists. “It’s not kvlt! Where’s the evil! Why is it so cleanly produced!” These complaints and more plague comment sections everywhere when discussing these bands, the hatred sometimes overshadowing the praise from music (link) reviewers (link). If listeners just listened to these bands without expecting Moonblood or Darkthrone, everyone would have a much better time, but I digress.
Krallice is without a doubt the most technical of the aforementioned bands. Music school-inspired chord progressions and odd time signatures are, tee hee, signature to the New York-based band’s sound. While the time signatures aren’t as odd for most of Hyperion, the first piece of new music heard by this website in 2016, Krallice have delivered an entrancing trio for ears thirsting for winding and atmospheric songs.
Colin Marston’s production is great, especially with the bass tones. Every instrument is equally audible but no sound distracts from another. The technicality isn’t as flashy as previous releases, but that allows the compositions to draw ears in without riffs and solos that are overwhelming. Speaking of compositions, here’s an unusual track-by-track analysis of this EP that is uncharacteristically short for a Krallice release:
- Hyperion- Killer intro and outro, nice variation of mid pitch and high pitch screaming.
- The Guilt Of Time- There’s a more progressive intro than other intros on the EP. I like how the reverb-soaked arpeggio of the same note serves as a smooth transition to the second half of the song.
- Assuming Memory- Ironically, not as memorable due. The Guitar melodies and drumming aren’t as dynamic as the other tracks. The Second half of the track has more intriguing melodies and drum work than the first.
It’s interesting that these tracks were recorded in 2013 and not released until now, but Hyperion is a good length and these tracks flow well into each other. 2016 is off to a great start.
PRETTY NEAT MUSIC
FAV TRACKS: Hyperion, The Guilt Of Time
LEAST FAV TRACK: Assuming Memory