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Review: Thyrane - Hypnotic

Label: Century Media Records
Year released: 2003
Duration: 50:47
Tracks: 10
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: July 21, 2003
Reviewed by: Christian Renner
Readers Rating

Rated 4/5 (80%) (6 Votes)

For some odd reason when I first listened to this album it is absolutely not what I expected to hear. I don't know where I got the idea that this was a hardcore black metal band but that is what I was expecting to hear and to say that isn't what I got would be a severe understatement. Thyrane hail from Finland and although they have black metal style vocals that is just about the only thing that makes me think of black metal. For the most part this album is a collection of absolutely killer riffs mixed with electronica club music. Reminds me of what …And Oceans were trying to do on a couple of songs but in the case of Thyrane they not only try it but dive headfirst into it.

The first time I listened to this album I was prepared to give this a rating right around the 3 area but no more than that but on subsequent spins of this album it really starts to worm its way into your consciousness and before you know it you are hitting the repeat button and not even realizing you are doing it. The music is simply put, for lack of a better term, infectious. Just imagine Ministry mixed with Rammstein with a added dose of electronic keyboards and you start to get the picture. After a few repeated listens I have come to the conclusion that this band is all about the riff in their songwriting. They start with an absolute killer riff and just expand on that with various changes to that riff with added melody, tempo changes and accented by the keyboards. All of this added together makes for a very interesting and original listen.

Overall I was really surprised how much I really like this album. Although at first I had reservations about this album it quickly grew on me to the point that it is now pretty difficult to get out of the CD player. Highly Recommended.

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