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Review: Lemuria - The Hysterical Hunt
The Hysterical Hunt

Label: Massacre Records
Year released: 2019
Duration: 1:02:29
Tracks: 12
Genre: Black Metal


Review online: April 24, 2019
Reviewed by: MetalMike
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Rated 3/5 (60%) (3 Votes)

Lemuria is listed as a symphonic black/folk metal band and that sounds about right as I listen to their third album, The Hysterical Hunt. It is a very polished affair that has a share of raspy, growly vocals and rapid tremolo picking and drums, but just as often is slower paced with majestic keyboards and clean singing. There's a story going on within the lyrics and a few spoken-word interludes to help move it along but nothing that jumps out as anything novel. It comes across as a typical struggle of good and evil with fantasy elements woven throughout. The musicianship is quite good but the songwriting runs toward the generic, so while The Hysterical Hunt sounds great, it doesn't have much staying power. When you throw in the folky instrumentation like penny whistles, it comes across like a version of Nightwish's Dark Passion Play with harsh vocals that are rendered harmless by the glossy keyboards and production. Solid but unspectacular.

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