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Review: Hrizg - Soterion

Label: Moribund Records
Year released: 2018
Duration: 49:10
Tracks: 11
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: May 16, 2021
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating

Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (2 Votes)

This Spanish band has been around for a while though it's my first time hearing them, which is kind of weird since I actually have some of their previous stuff. Oh well. Anyway, Soterion is very much rooted in '90s black metal, mid to fast paced with an atmosphere that's a cross between melodic and melancholic and downright "take no prisoners" destructive, which makes for an interesting album despite this having been done before. I'm reminded of Emperor at times despite them not being anywhere near an Emperor clone—it's just that urge you get when you hear something and it reminds you of something not quite the same you've heard before and you want to rush to listen to it again. Soterion doesn't bring anything new to the table, but it's '90s-style black metal done quite right and, if you just can't get enough of that stuff (guilty as charged), it's definitely worth a listen.

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