There are an absolute plethora of bands out there who have tried to mold intensity with melody to make black and death metal much more bearable for people who aren’t into just consistent chaos like we do. Some bands fall flat on their faces trying to do it, and others soar high above the rest with all of their talents. Hyperion is of the latter two, and it’s their debut album of “Serphical Euphony” that shows exactly how melodic extreme metal should be done.
Very hard to find the correct balance between intensity and melody when they’re two completely different things, and much like trying to make fine wine, it’s one hell of a process to make a product that many people can actually agree upon and call good. However, saying you nailed it with your debut album is something that hardly any bands ever can boast about, yet here Hyperion who’s able to do just that. Clocking in somewhere around an hour, “Seraphical Euphony” contains nine tracks of uncompromising melodic black metal that simply refuses to give up even when you think that these fairly lengthy songs have nothing more to offer. Everything from delicious blast beats and tasty, tasty riffs can be found in both high quantity and quality within “Seraphical Euphony” which makes it an experience the likes of which we simply don’t see a lot anymore. Leave it to the land of Sweden to have such talent under its sleeves after all these years, am I right? If there’s anything that Hyperion didn’t do with this record is demonstrate what not to do for an album of this kind simply because they did everything perfectly and finished the record in such a way that literally everyone I’ve seen has had nothing but praise for this piece, and it’s not hard to see why. To say that “Seraphical Euphony” hit it out of the fucking park would be an egregious understatement.
I’ve seen massive amounts of hype surrounding this record, and after the first listen I was a little skeptical, but I gave it some time and sat down to listen to it again. I don’t know what I was missing one that first spin, but the second showed me that Hyperion isn’t to be questioned or fucked with as “Seraphical Euphony” is about as good as debuts get in today’s underground. Should you want a good time of extreme metal mixed with some melody because yes, then look no further than what Hyperion has to offer.
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