After an ill-boding intro the earth tears open and the listener gets a preview of the deepest bowels of hell. And it doesn't look pretty, listening to the blast beats, shattering riffs and the growling or screeching vocals. The variating black metal from Hymir sounds confident, tight and grim. Raw grooves are being interrupted by dark keyboards ('Conquer and Smite), and for the genre distinctive shrill guitar riffs are alternated by calm, but dark and ambient passages. And not a poor production either but a full and balanced sound.
released February 17, 2007
CD Front and HYMIR logo by Lionicon.nl
Produced by Quintijn Verhoef & Hymir
Recorded and mixed by Quintijn Verhoef @ Independent Recordings, Utrecht
Pablo de Groot - vocals
Tom Gorissen - synthesizers and piano
Per Hoogendoorn - drums & percussion
Kay van Kalsbeek - lead guitar
Bob Kuitenbrouwer - bass
Daan Douma - rhythm guitar
Thomas Dirkse - synthesizers and piano solo
(On Track VI "For Never To Return Again")
HYMIR makes you experience a musical journey into the sinister universe of dark atmospheric metal. Powerfull drums, bass and guitars are replenished by bombastic orchestral synthesizers and extreme aggresive vocals.