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02. Amorphis
- Queen Of Time
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- I Loved You At Your Darkest
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Hinayana - Order Divine (2018) - Review

Band: Hinayana
Album title: Order Divine
Release date: 19 March 2018
Label: Self-Released

Tracklist:
01. Gateway
02. The Window
03. Arise
04. Order Divine
05. Revelation
06. Return To Nothing
07. Conduit Closing

Texas is known for a lot of things but doom/death metal or anything melodic are not one of those things for the matter. When I think of Texas I think of brutal death metal bands like Devourment, Viral Load,... or about some desert rock, stoner and sludge/doom stuff. Even more exciting is the fact that this band, Hinayana, seem to be quite fresh on the scene, until now they released only one demo, Endless, in 2014, and four years later they return with their debut full-lenth release.

Hinayana was originally created as a one man project by vocalist/guitarist Casey Hurd, but later lead its path to full flagship of talented musicians, and now we get Order Divine which is everything you want it to be, it's quite fast, dynamic, melodic, heavy, powerfull, and just enough gloomy at times and absolutely beautiful, with its own unique sound. While slightly borrowing some elements from Swedish melodic death metal acts such as Arch Enemy or Hypocrisy to name a few, they manage with ease to capture all the greatness of each band that influenced them into their own blend of doom/death, although because of quite fast paced rhythms one may say it's perhaps closer to melodic death metal.

Hinayana made an album that is surely bound to spin for ages in your player if you are a fan of darker, very melodic, a bit faster and groovy versions of doom metal. Order Divine is characterized by deep growling vocals, captivating melodic guitar lines, thick powerful rhythmic line, several mood changes and some amazing gloomy synths, all of this is perfectly reflecting in the amazing "Return To Nothing". This four-piece band really created an amazing record that in my opinion is destined to stand the test of time, it's an album which also shines because of good production.

Containing only seven tracks it’s a pure goldmine for those who seek that extra thing to spice up their day or week for the matter, although one might be thinking that the album needs a few spins it doesn't get any better than this, you can start at any track and you are bound to be subjected to their amazing mesmerizing crushing brutal but highly addictive melodic doom/death metal. I'm also pretty confident that this record will please just about any fan of doom and death metal as well.

Review written by: Oliver
Rating: 9/10

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Band: Dawn Of Oblivion
Album title: Phoenix Rising
Release date: 25 April 2015
Label: M&A MusicArt

Phoenix Rising is a work that leads the listener through many different emotional, dark and mystical states, and thus serves with many musical variations all centered around deep gloomy and atmospheric gothic metal. Even though Dawn Of Oblivion don't discover any new territories soundwise, they carefully blend those typical 90s gothic metal lines, so familiar to the maestros of the genre like are Tiamat and Paradise Lost, with some guitar riffs used by Therion on Theli or Vovin, and to make the thing even more audacious and sinister they add a pinch of black metal and doom elements on a couple of occasions, but yet at the same time they don't forget that their heritage is in gothic rock. Many elements could resemble to The Sisters Of Mercy or even more to The Fields Of Nephilim. Still, some oriental vibes, like used in the miffed iconic goth metal piece "Anubis", or floydian ambiances in the emotional and soothing "Within The Realms Of The King Of Amur" that are similar to those used back then by Tiamat on Wildhoney or on A Deeper Kind Of Slumber make their sound special in many ways. Dawn Of Oblivion with this album showed that it's still possible to make astounding things within the gothic metal realms.

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