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Hyatari : The Light Carriers

Hyatari are a new droning doom group from Huntington, West Virginia, and this release is their debut album on English CODE:BREAKER records.

'The Light Carriers' starts off with two tracks of guitar-based drone, spanning two simple melodies, some samples, and at the end some chanting vocals. Starting with the title track, things shift more towards the doom side of the spectrum, as the percussion kicks in, and the melodies are expanded. I talk about these songs as were they some sort of continuum, and in a way, they are, because each song fades or continues right on into the next one.

The fourth song, 'The Fourth Realm' is my favourite of the album, and the heaviest one. The pace picks up a bit here, and we're treated to some serious riffing, shouted vocals (think industrial doom) and very heavy drum work. Later on a lead melody is introduced, which is seamlessly blended in with the heavy riffs. An invitation to some serious bangin', this!

'14,000,000,000 Years Ago' mixes doomy and droning parts with a tranquil lead guitar melody. 'Harvesting Sod' is again a bit more mid-tempo, with some minimal bits of electronic melody and samples. At the end, the song bleeds into the once-again tranquil intro melody of the final track, which is also the longest (nigh on fifteen minutes). The track continues with a mixed lead and rhythm melody over some original drumming parts, which fade into a single note drone, and then into a very soft sample of (I think) crunching sand, which continues until the end.

I must say that I was pleasantly surprised by this album. I've heard too many drone doom demos and releases that lacked that little bit of variation that I like, but this album has more than enough of that. Basically it is a healthy mix of drone and doom, more so than with many bands that are called drone doom. The album also has a certain industrial feel to it, which is hardly surprising considering that bands like Swans, Halo and Godflesh are among the band's influences. All in all, I think this is a debut of high quality, and it is highly recommended for lovers of drone who enjoy it spiced up with some more 'metal' parts, and those who are into industrial doom.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Sheet of Flames
2. Freeform for the Disenfranchised
3. The Light Carriers
4. Fourth Realm
5. 14,000,000,000 Years Ago
6. Harvesting Sod
7. Collapse

Duration : Approx. 53 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Oscar Strik
Aesthetic Death
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