Track listing :
1. Enter My Void
2. A New Hatred
3. A Wandering Beyond
4. Chaos Supreme
5. The Ring Of Wisdom
6. Underneath The Fortress
7. The Flight Of The Dragon Knights
9. The Nihilist
Total playing time : 41:25
I don’t know how many times I listened to this album in the last two
I still don’t find the words to claim the genius of this band. They are
craftsmen of Black Metal, a genre that desperately needs some today.
What Hegemon only practices is mid-tempo pure Black Metal with some fast
in a melodic and epic, but sober, style. A lot of the melodic influences
be found in the Nordic style of the early nineties and the closest band
comes to my mind is the early Satyricon for some melodic parts, even if
Don’t expect here anything shining : no crappy intro, no useless outro
one short acoustic-only interlude (using two deeply intricate guitars
No keyboards, no female vocals, no uncommon instruments but nothing
either. The composition of the songs is intelligent, using a lot of
but complimentary riffs and being never repetitive. The drumming
really high-class, really varied and fitting perfectly the changes of
medieval or norse melodic parts to more grim and furious ones.
The sound of this recording is excellent and really actual : all the
are totally hearable. Its production would never have fit a Beherit,
or Darkthrone album, but makes this piece of plastic a well-polished
Hopefully the guitar sound is not the typical “norse buzz”, but instead
not-too-much distorted guitar sound, more personal, which allows Hegemon
become another norse-inspired copycat.
When coming to the musical ability and the playing of the members of
is as good and precise as you could ever dream it. But maybe it is not a
surprise as Nico the vocalist sings also in Your Shapeless Beauty (a
band) for some years and that the drummer comes from the (totally cult
overrated ?) band Mutiilation.
Unfortunately, not the complete lyrics are printed but only some
each song. They seem a little more though-out and less “cliché” than the
“let’s worship Satan and sacrifice plenty of young blonde virgins with
tits…” ! That drawback is balanced by the austerity of the booklet,
no childish photos or interminable thank-list.
Even if bringing no brand-new ideas, it is a perfectly balanced
rather contrasted factors. Highly recommended.
“… Why I am so cruel ? I need the void, I need the pain, I feel the
flowing in me…”
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