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Review: Hinsides - Universe Aspire In Mysticism
Universe Aspire In Mysticism

Label: Abyss Records
Year released: 2011
Duration: 48:29
Tracks: 8
Genre: Black Metal


Review online: March 20, 2011
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
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Rated 3/5 (60%) (2 Votes)

This album is introduced by a dark and ambient piece built on keyboards. One can hear beastie/wicked whispers, lead, rumbling bass, percussions and distorted guitars. This is actually, one of the best compositions on this CD. Then follow a series of fast black metal tunes that bear variation in their tempo. One can feel a certain generic side in their music, although they do have a little something going on. You get some crunchy riffs here, melodic arpeggios and tremolo picking leads there, as well as a bit of variation in the ambience too. Aside from the mid crushing tempos and furious moments, Hinsides have thrown in some dark ambient keyboards in the opening song, "Dark Matter Dawn" and the bass appears to be played with a bow on "Universe Aspire". On a more melodic note, the listener will be pleased to hear cleaner guitar playing in the shape of arpeggios in a few places, such as in "Within Infinite Mysteries" and the closing track, "Moonlight's Path to Darkness". These compositions ranked as my favorites. On a more technical point of view, I would have hoped for a crunchier guitar tone. It appears to me as if too much tremble was being put on, maybe to give a slightly rawer edge to the otherwise good sound production work.

Overall, Universe Aspire in Mysticism is not a bad black metal album, without being an essential disc that you absolutely need to have in your collection.

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