The Hierophant

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Band Name Blaze Of Perdition
Album Name The Hierophant
Type Album
Released date 15 October 2011
Labels Pagan Records
Music StyleBlack Metal
Members owning this album16

Tracklist

1.
 The Hierophant
 06:45
2.
 Back to the Womb
 05:05
3.
 Into the Hidden Light
 01:22
4.
 Let There Be Darkness
 04:44
5.
 Gospel of the Serpent’s Kin
 07:09
6.
 I am Thy Plague
 05:04
7.
 The Tower of Loss
 05:23
8.
 Speak of Me Not
 04:24
9.
 The Grail of Transfiguration
 06:25

Total playing time: 46:21

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Blaze Of Perdition

  • The Hierophant | Pagan Records
  • Back to the Womb | Pagan Records
  • Into the Hidden Light | Pagan Records
  • Let There be Darkness | Pagan Records
  • Gospel of the Serpent’s Kin | Pagan Records
  • I am Thy Plague | Pagan Records
  • The Tower of Loss | Pagan Records
  • Speak of Me Not | Pagan Records
  • The Grail of Transfiguration | Pagan Records


  • Review @ miniradman

    01 January 2012

    More black metal excellence from Poland

    It was only until very recently that I looked into the Polish black metal scene, and I must say that they have an amazing underground scene. There is so much hidden talent in Poland that it almost seemed like a crime for me to overlook such a prolific scene. One underground band that stood out to me was Blaze of Perdition. They give off such an amazing vibe from their music which I didn’t really get from the others. The music is; subtle, yet potent…traditional, yet modern… tolerantly generic, yet awesome.

    The first thing to mention is the sheer complexity of the music. Blaze of Perdition is a very, very technical black metal band. There is no such thing as “technical black metal”, so I’m finding it quite hard to find a genre to put this band in, and it would be wrong of me to just make up a genre on the spot. Well, the only thing to do is make a comparison to a mainstream band that we all know and lover, Marduk anyone? Marduk is one of the most insane bands to ever hit the black metal scene, who also ended up to being one of the most successful. I think, their secret lies within the musical structure because they were one of the only bands (at the time) who could make energetic, super fast, super brutal black metal and get away with it not being a pile of shit. They kept things relatively neat, tidy and organised in comparison with other black metal bands. So where does this leave Blaze of Perdition? In my opinion, I think that Marduk and Blaze of Perdition are very similar in an aesthetic sense. In particular, the brutality, the contemporary vibe and the overall “kvltness” i.e. they both have the same primary feeling behind the music.

    Don’t get me wrong, Blaze of Perdition isn’t just another wannabe Marduk, they do have an extension to their sound. Blaze of Perdition definitely have a Bestial characteristic which is quite evident in The Hierophant; sheer technicality of the drumming, the sound and structure of the guitar work and even the extremely harsh vocal style, all promote a bestial vibe to the music. This is so evident, that when I first heard The Hierophant, I was quite tempted to label it as war metal but there is just something not right with labelling them that. Unlike other Bestial black metal/war metal bands though, Blaze of Perdition don’t seem as grim or as dirty as say, Archgoat. This is probably the main reason why I don’t see them as war metal but this is vital to keeping that contemporary feeling behind their music, and it is this “contemporary feeling” that is to be Blaze of Perdition’s charm.

    Grim or dirty, Blaze of Perdition is not, that being said there is a little bit of dark feeling behind in the atmosphere. Like any other black metal band who have slight imprints of bestiality, Blaze or Perdition sound rather dark. I’m not sure about others, but The Hierophant sounds like a very dark album which has a sense of power behind it. The Hierophant sounds more sinister than anything Marduk has ever produced (maybe aside from their old underground days) but I don’t exactly know why or how, The Hierophant seems like this in its nature. I believe it stems from the guitar riffs and the high pitched tuning of them. This is the typical method that black metal bands (including Blaze of Perdition) tend to utilize to create an evil atmosphere and quite honestly I don’t blame them, because it works, so why not? But, what I do like about the balefulness in Blaze of Perdition’s music is that they’ve managed to achieve this in high quality. What I mean by this is that they didn’t have to resort to recording music in a tin can to make their music sound evil and dark and everything else raw and bestial black metal bands tend to do in an effort to seem more kvlt. There aren’t any fuzzy sounds in the background, there isn’t any atmospheric “trickery” involved, the recording of The Hierophant is as clear as crystal. I don’t know about you, but I find that everything is emphasised with high quality recording; the vocals, the drumming and the guitars. The music sounds faster, more comprehensible and less of an ear sore, but now we’re adding evil to the mix? That’s just the icing on the cake.

    Is it just me, or is everyone else getting bored with brutal black metal bands being, well… brutal, all the time. I just get bored of listening to the same; riffs, song structure and blast beats over and over again with no variation, and I’m not talking about listening to one album or band, it seems like a common trend has been achieved and black metal bands from around the world transmit this sound through Chinese whispers. It’s almost like there are strict guide lines on how extreme styles of black metal should sound like, leaving bands with no leeway for innovation or flexibility of their sound. I think even the band members for Blaze of Perdition have had enough of this, they didn’t want to fall into the generic trap that many others have fallen into before them. Blaze of Perdition have found a neat solution and have put a nice band-aid on the problem. The answer is so simple, that generic black metal bands all over the world should give themselves a nice slap in the face for not thinking of it. The answer lies within the guitars, interesting guitars at that. Yeah, sure, there are moments where the guitar work is nothing spectacular and generic as all hell. But they’ve thrown in guitar solos, moments of shredding in the background and a few riffs that would be fit for a progressive metal band. Not putting the guitars at the forefront of their music has also seemed to pay off because I think that they sound different without trying to sound different, it just comes naturally and everyone knows that nature does everything the best. Not only this, but these little sections of variation to the guitars change the mood of the tracks and just adds a whole new dimension to the atmosphere.

    For those who enjoy calmer forms of black metal, do not despair, moments of peace and serenity are not completely absent from The Hierophant (even though I wouldn’t recommend The Hierophant as bed time music). There are definitely slow moments in The Hierophant and they’re littered throughout the album which I think increase the overall replay value of music. There’re just the right tone, played at just the right time and right quantity to not disrupt the main objective of The Hierophant in the first place, to be an insane album. I think that quality of them should also be commended; it’s easy to tell that they didn’t do this to JUST have a variation of sound, they have put a lot thought into these short passages (no matter how short they may be) and have taken full advantage of the opportunities to improve their sound.

    Overall, The Hierophant has fulfilled its purpose to be a brutal yet, interesting black metal album and seeing that it was released in 2011, they have a lot of competition around. Poland has an extremely tight, competitive underground black metal scene and any band that stands out there should be addressed for the world to hear. Even though some elements in The Hierophant aren’t anything new and are overused in black metal, the mood that Blaze of Perdition has set is outstanding. I highly recommend Blaze of Perdition to anyone who enjoys their black metal; fast, bestial and sinister with touches of tranquillity on the side. The full experience of The Hierophant can only be attained if the album is thoroughly explored and embraced. But for those who are simply looking for a one night stand, you cannot go past the track “Gospel of the Serpent’s Kin” because it’s the complete Blaze of Perdition package in one song. I highly recommend Blaze of Perdition’s The Hierophant and I think it’s worth a 16/20.

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    ryan5 - 02 January 2012: Hey man, good review. As i said with heavymetaltribune, i saw some similarities with both reviews, and that's what i like. That way you know that they (reviewer/s) know their shit.

    Cheers, Ryan
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    Review @ heavymetaltribune

    02 January 2012

    an excellently executed album

    A chance encounter with Poland's Blaze of Perdition and their debut full length album last year left me starving for more, and this year sees this craving being satisfied with the release of their second full length album, The Hierophant. Polish bands have yet to disappoint me, and The Hierophant sees Blaze of Perdition further polishing up their sound and deliver their music with unrestrained fury.

    Fitting to the album name, The Hierophant opens with sounds of hymns being sung in a chapel, but with tormented screams raising the hair on the backs of listeners, and before long the band begins their onslaught, and straight away the improvement in the band's musicianship is noticed, compared to 2010's slightly less polished effort. The musical style almost reminds listeners of albums such as Watain's later works, with the clean production quality and the large melodies that are present on the songs, and this is certainly a good thing as it grabs the listener's attention from the start and maintains it throughout.

    While last year's Towards the Blaze of Perdition contained numerous awkward moments where the lead guitars at times sounded out of place, any such moments are eliminated on The Hierophant as the band manages to sound tighter than ever. Guitarists '.'93'.' and Golachab fortunately do not place their focus solely on the speed and technical wankery this time, and instead focus on the melody in the lead guitar lines and this is definitely more successful and makes the music more enjoyable as well. Slower tracks and moments on the album such as those on the interlude Into the Hidden Light are perhaps the best examples of this done right. The guitar tone also helps to make the solos stand out and shine even more.

    Drummer Wizun also punishes the drum with relentless hits, and this makes the music heavier than what it would have otherwise been, particularly on slower moments of the album. Also, while it is hard to tell apart the band's two vocalists Sonneillon and Ashgan, it is hard to deny the unique and fuller sound that having two vocalists have brought for the band, as they alternate between taking the lead vocal duties and providing alternate vocal lines at the background, and this resolves problems of having multiple vocal layers when performing live as well.

    The band's songwriting capabilities are sufficiently tested on longer tracks on the album such as Gospel of the Serpent's Kin, and these tracks still manage to hold the listener's attention and interest with the variation in the song structure, with the band alternating between fast and slow paces with little awkwardness. The slower parts of the song also help in building up the tension and emotions in the atmosphere, complete with the spoken vocals, and it is moments such as these that remind listeners of Watain's Lawless Darkness. The clever usage of clean/acoustic guitars on the track also provide a different touch from the other fare that is present on the album. However, unlike Lawless Darkness, which had its boring moments, such tracks on The Hierophant manage to keep me entranced throughout.

    While Blaze of Perdition does not push any boundaries or explore any uncharted waters in black metal that have not been touched before, The Hierophant is certainly an excellently executed album, and is recommended for fans of bands like Watain.

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    miniradman - 02 January 2012: I thought this would be the type of album you would review :P
    ryan5 - 02 January 2012: Good review and i noticed some similarities with both reviews on The Hierophant. (that being mini's and yours') I like how you keep the review short, but informative. I will have to have a listen. . . shotly. Vital remains and nightingale are my recent and continuous plays.

    Cheers, Ryan
    heavymetaltribune - 06 January 2012: haha in short, the Swedish black metal influences are pretty clear in this album!
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