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Review: Hesperia - In Honorem Herois
In Honorem Herois

Label: Blazing Productions
Year released: 2009
Duration: 35:39
Tracks: 7
Genre: Black Metal


Review online: May 13, 2009
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
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Rated 4/5 (80%) (4 Votes)

Hesperia is the brainchild of Italian multi-instrumentalist Hesperus. In Honorem Herols is the second chapter of a four album concept. The titles means: the metal consecration of Eneide. The concept is based around the creation of Rome, as depicted by the epic poem of Virgilio.

The epic/historical aspects of this CD are spread throughout the lyrical content, as well as the cover art as well as the pictures in the booklet. The music recorded here is a mixture of short orchestral keyboard introductions and Black Metal. The sound is raw and unpolished, giving this release a demo-sounding style. I'm not sure if the artist was in a rush when he recorded that album, but I feel the songs needed more rehearsals. The playing is somewhat clumsy at times and the songs don't always flow nicely. In the fastest moments, things start to get somewhat chaotic. The Black Metal parts are actually good and so are the short intros. I have a bit of a problem with the sound of the distorted guitar. It occurs mainly during the leads where they are overwhelming and ear-piercing. I like track # 6, "Olympicus", for its epic intro, folksy elements, clean guitar and crunchier parts. The vocals are worth mentioning too, since they are pretty varied.

This is not a bad release, but I have the feeling that In Honorem Herols could have been much better with a more refined production and additional preparation.

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