Wednesday, August 26, 2020

ASTARIUM – HYPERBOREA (Review by Varg The Mighty )

Today’s review is of Russian Symphonic Black Metal band Astarium’s latest album, “Hyperborea”.
The style has not changed much from the other albums, so it’s nice to find a band that remains faithful to its style. Nevertheless, they aren’t too remarkable.
With a nice guitar for the style that doesn’t do too much, basic drums and average voice, you find this band ok, but this is much better than most bands nowadays. While not being bad, this album isn’t too good either, maybe it would have been more enjoyable being shorter, since 16 songs may bore much listeners.
The music is similar to “Full Moon in the Scorpio” era Limbonic Art, but it also has its uniqueness, especially in the keyboards, which mostly sound like Ghost, but that also add pieces that give a Dungeon Synth vibe to some parts. Despite this, they may be quite overused, shadowing the other instruments to a point that contaminates the music. Maybe more parts without keyboards would make the songs more dynamic. It is also curious how the length of each track is on average very short, with most songs being of 2 minutes or so compared to the tendency to compose longer pieces in this style.
I recommend this album if you enjoy Symphonic Black Metal. It’s an interesting album from a veteran band that may lack some strength but that even so manages to be better than most.
 Review by Varg The Mighty

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