Krallice - Hyperion
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Based on 29 ratings
2016 Ratings: #386
January 1, 2016 / Release Date
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Black Metal / Genres
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The EP format prevents the band’s trademark intricacy and density from ever crossing into exhaustion; from the feedback-laced beginning to, 24 minutes later, the celestial end, Hyperion always thrills.


Hyperion represents a new highpoint in sheer density for guitarists Mick Barr and Colin Marston’s six-stringed entanglement, but it doesn’t happen at the expense of the effusive torrents of energy that make the band so life-affirming in the first place.

kralice do a pretty good job of keeping their sound interesting throughout hyperion, given the fact that they sound short on creative resources. hyperion really recalls 2012's "years past matter" in that the layering of dense, spacey guitars overwhelm the bulk of most of the songs. still, i love the utilization of feedback into melody on the opening track, and the last 10 minutes reach some wolves in the throne room levels of pure metal ecstacy. the main issue is that vocals sound ... read more
First of all, I don't like metal too much. I started listening to it very recently, so I didn't know what to expect of this EP whatsoever. Still... my interest in the genre grown more thanks to it, so I'm glad that I gave it a try. I liked that Krallice isn't afraid of making their songs going into unexpected places and that all of the tracks here evolve in exciting and satisfying ways. I hope to hear more of them in the future.

Fav tracks: Hyperion, The Guilt of time.
Least fav track: ... read more
really suggestive, it instills perfectly all the concern and chaos tipic of black metal. A nice job!
All in all, Hyperion is a good indication of what Krallice's new studio album will sound like. I believe however that the songs were rushed and didn't really make me pay attention. Though that does not mean there is not any good stuff on here, just that it wasn't done enough.
According the bandcamp entry these three tracks were recorded in 2013. Perhaps that is the reason that they come across as rather demo-ish. The opening title-track is too dense, as is the instrumental 'The Guilt of Time'. That said the second half of Assuming Memory is majestic compared to the rambling first 6 minutes. It would be interesting to see if the band will revisit the first two songs at some point as they have a distinct unfinished feel.
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Track List

  1. Hyperion
  2. The Guilt of Time
  3. Assuming Memory
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