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Hierophant : Autumn Dusk

Hierophant's 'The Weight of Winter' was for me last year's reminder why underground doom has stolen my heart: raw, unpolished, heavy as fuck and lethally brutal, it managed to kick my ass on several occasions, banning from my room the annoying sounds of my neighbour listening to Flemish schlagers. Being the heaviest demo I heard that year, I didn't expect to find a tape with even heavier Hierophant material playing in my stereo some months later. It only confirmed the fact that this projects' evolution seems to run parallel with that of US doom gods Evoken, descending closer and closer to hell with each consecutive release.

Typical for Hierophant's sound are the massively downtuned, excruciating slow guitars, pounding drums and J. del Russi's ultradeep grunt which sounds as if the Living Dead are standing behind your door ready to get you. A monotonous, mesmerizing clean guitar is layered all over this sonic violence, unavoidably leading the listener's mind towards albums like 'Transcendence Into the Peripheral' and 'Epistemological Despondency' which stood at the dawn of this kind of mystical ultradoom. However, to fully appreciate the grandeur of this unwordly music, one should try to shut out any references to other bands during the listening experience, avoiding generalizations and comparisons and letting Hierophant weave its mystically brutal sounds and mysterious essence, evoking dark and nocturnal emotions from the initiated listener.

In the meanwhile, J. del Russi heralded the end of this project, making us realize how precious and sacred the sounds are of those few bands that dared to cross the line of what is considered acceptable, unleashing that which according to the majorities should better stay imprisoned and well-hidden. Its dark essence can only be benevolent to the few, causing great harm and suffering to the others. May 'Autumn Dusk' be for the next generations the final evidence that such hidden forces are always there, lingering in the dark, patiently waiting to be unleashed upon mankind just once, only once ..."for we shall not pass this way again"...

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. From the Dust of Graves
2. Ancient Moonlight
3. Shades of Aqueous Essence

Duration : Approx. 30 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Kostas Panagiotou
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