Hail Spirit Noir - Eden In Reverse



8.1 | 102 votes |
Release date: 19 June 2020
Style: Progressive metal, Psychedelic rock

Owners:

33 have it
11 want it


01. Darwinian Beasts
02. Incense Swirls
03. Alien Lip Reading
04. Crossroads
05. The Devil's Blind Spot
06. The First Ape On New Earth
07. Automata 1980
08. Incense Swirls (Synthwave Remix) [Digipak CD bonus]
09. Ever-Shifting Tunnels [Digipak CD bonus]

Top 20 albums of 2020: 10

Staff review by
nikarg
Rating:
9.0
If I had to choose one single band that in my opinion left a mark on metal in the '10s, it would be Hail Spirit Noir. I am so glad that it looks like they will be leaving an equally significant mark during the '20s as well.

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published 07.07.2020 | Comments (6)

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25.03.2020 - 12:23
Czerny Reiter
Insta-want.

Keeping it only music-wise, 2020 is shaping up to be a beast of a year.
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26.03.2020 - 18:38
DeliciousDishes
So if this won't be the best record of the year, then what can we even still believe in?
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25.04.2020 - 16:45
ThomasBryant
Written by DeliciousDishes on 26.03.2020 at 18:38

So if this won't be the best record of the year, then what can we even still believe in?


That aliens are real and that their into Anal.
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18.06.2020 - 21:05
DeliciousDishes
It's great!!!!!!!!!
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19.06.2020 - 01:00
Rating: 8
Apothecary
PsyCHEdelic
Quite enjoying this. No more black metal but they went all out with the weirdo prog style and the synths this time are just amazing.
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Go tell that long tongue liar
Go and tell that midnight rider
Tell the rambler, the gambler, the back biter
You tell em that God's gonna cut em down
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19.06.2020 - 09:34
Rating: 8
hippified
Gentle, atmospheric, space rock-ish to the bone... No black metal rip-offs in sight, for good...
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19.06.2020 - 21:58
Rating: 5
IBlackened
Written by hippified on 19.06.2020 at 09:34

Gentle, atmospheric, space rock-ish to the bone... No black metal rip-offs in sight, for good...

If their older albums were rip-offs, can you name those similar but better bands?
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Their old stuff is better.
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19.06.2020 - 23:40
The Witchfinder
I'll give it a try but I haven't cared about any HSN album since the first.
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19.06.2020 - 23:44
Rating: 8
Apothecary
PsyCHEdelic
Written by hippified on 19.06.2020 at 09:34

No black metal rip-offs in sight, for good...

Who exactly were they ripping off on prior releases?
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Go tell that long tongue liar
Go and tell that midnight rider
Tell the rambler, the gambler, the back biter
You tell em that God's gonna cut em down
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20.06.2020 - 16:36
tea[m]ster
Au Pays Natal
Written by Apothecary on 19.06.2020 at 01:00

Quite enjoying this. No more black metal but they went all out with the weirdo prog style and the synths this time are just amazing.

Music-wise this is my shit. The vocals are not
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20.06.2020 - 16:56
Rating: 8
Apothecary
PsyCHEdelic
Written by tea[m]ster on 20.06.2020 at 16:36

Music-wise this is my shit. The vocals are not

Nah fam the vocals are one of the best parts about this
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Go tell that long tongue liar
Go and tell that midnight rider
Tell the rambler, the gambler, the back biter
You tell em that God's gonna cut em down
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20.06.2020 - 17:32
Rating: 9
JayMo4
This is really good. I enjoyed the black metal, but don't find myself liking this any less (although I'm sure it will bother some people.) I'd be tempted to just call this dark psychedelic rock. But it's really enjoyable, whatever the label.

One of the best of '20 thus far
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21.06.2020 - 09:23
Rating: 8
hippified
Written by IBlackened on 19.06.2020 at 21:58

Written by hippified on 19.06.2020 at 09:34

Gentle, atmospheric, space rock-ish to the bone... No black metal rip-offs in sight, for good...

If their older albums were rip-offs, can you name those similar but better bands?


Oh, god! Never intended to use such a word it was autocorrect or something... This band is unique. I mean they don't have any black metal elements now ...
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22.06.2020 - 17:56
Rating: 8
musclassia
"Crossroads" gives me major Borknagar vibes.

I remember not particularly caring for their first few albums (maybe they came at the wrong point in my musical taste's development), but this is very enjoyable prog

Edit: I see now that Lars Nedlund featured on Crossroads, that's why it sounds so Borknagar-ish
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23.06.2020 - 19:01
Rating: 10
angelofbland
I'd love to see a review on this weird shit
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23.06.2020 - 22:29
nikarg
Mod
Written by angelofbland on 23.06.2020 at 19:01

I'd love to see a review on this weird shit

It will come, have a little patience
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27.06.2020 - 05:46
Rating: 9
tintinb
Very fine and cool psychedelia. Lots of fun listening to this album.
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27.06.2020 - 10:52
Rating: 9
Skl3ros
Very different from what I would usually listen to but I gotta say this album is amazing. One of the few clean singers I like and a lot of great ideas/melodies.
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27.06.2020 - 11:09
Rating: 10
Nejde
Written by nikarg on 23.06.2020 at 22:29

Written by angelofbland on 23.06.2020 at 19:01

I'd love to see a review on this weird shit

It will come, have a little patience


Be sure to review the deluxe version with the Incense Swirls (Synthwave Remix) and Ever-Shifting Tunnels.
I thoroughly enjoy this album and the bonus tracks lifts the album even more. I would even go as far to claim that Ever-Shifting Tunnels is by far the best song on the album.
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"When you are dead, you do not know you are dead. It's only painful for others. The same applies when you are stupid." - Ricky Gervais
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27.06.2020 - 14:09
nikarg
Mod
Written by Nejde on 27.06.2020 at 11:09

Be sure to review the deluxe version with the Incense Swirls (Synthwave Remix) and Ever-Shifting Tunnels.
I thoroughly enjoy this album and the bonus tracks lifts the album even more. I would even go as far to claim that Ever-Shifting Tunnels is by far the best song on the album.

I will. I agree that it's worth buying the digipak for these two songs, and I also like "Ever-Shifting Tunnels" a lot.
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30.06.2020 - 07:55
Rating: 5
Ball Fondlers
Hail Spirit Borknagar

It seems so similar to True North. This band was unique once. Now it's just like any other prog mistake
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30.06.2020 - 10:07
Rating: 10
angelofbland
Written by Ball Fondlers on 30.06.2020 at 07:55

Hail Spirit Borknagar

It seems so similar to True North. This band was unique once. Now it's just like any other prog mistake

I would advise you to listen to an album before you comment on it. There is no way you listened to eden in reverse and find out it's similar to Borknagar (excluding of course the track where Borknagar singer is doing a guest, perhaps you didn't know this)
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30.06.2020 - 11:29
Rating: 5
Ball Fondlers
Written by angelofbland on 30.06.2020 at 10:07

Written by Ball Fondlers on 30.06.2020 at 07:55

Hail Spirit Borknagar

It seems so similar to True North. This band was unique once. Now it's just like any other prog mistake

I would advise you to listen to an album before you comment on it. There is no way you listened to eden in reverse and find out it's similar to Borknagar (excluding of course the track where Borknagar singer is doing a guest, perhaps you didn't know this)

I had my suspicions, but didn't know this. I've actually heard the album 3 times already. So far it's just more boring prog to me. It's good enough for a re-listen though, so I'll tweak my rating as I go. Nothing grabs me at all so far though
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30.06.2020 - 21:53
Rating: 5
IBlackened
Without the black metal moments, they're just prog metal/rock now and I find it quite boring.
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Their old stuff is better.
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30.06.2020 - 22:46
nikarg
Mod
Without trying to convince anyone that this album is better than they think, I started making sense of it after 7-8 listens. I have now played it more than 30 times (once every day or even more, that is) and not because I will review it but because I really, really like it.

I was very disappointed after my first spin. I even sent this PM to Radu:
"I am baffled with the new HSN. Upon first listen yesterday I hated it. I gave it a second listen just now and I enjoyed it a lot more. It's like a completely different band, there is no bm to be found, but it is proggy, spacey, sci-fiey, psychedeliquey and trippy. And very synthy.

What a fucking headache this one's gonna give me..."

My opinion has changed 180 degrees and you are going to read all about it in a few days (if you are interested, of course).

@Ball Fondlers: I really can't find anything remotely reminding of Borknagar, apart from "Crossroads".
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01.07.2020 - 03:00
Rating: 9
Neachy
Yeah, I've liked this more with each listen. I'm probably at about 10 listens at this point. Loved their first album. Their last 2 were mediocre imo but they've won me over again with this one.
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01.07.2020 - 07:35
Rating: 5
Ball Fondlers
Written by nikarg on 30.06.2020 at 22:46


@Ball Fondlers: I really can't find anything remotely reminding of Borknagar, apart from "Crossroads".

Yes, I did write that comment during that song. A lot of other tracks remind me of other bands too. Thy Catafalque on "The Devil's Blind Spot". Opeth on "The First Ape on New Earth".

I'm convinced enough to give it more listens though. I've been turned around on albums before
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02.07.2020 - 19:10
Rating: 8
Apothecary
PsyCHEdelic
I can't stand the large majority of prog metal, but to anyone saying that now without the black metal HSN sound like "just another boring prog metal band", uh...... NO. That's just false. This is a pretty unique take on prog metal if you ask me, and if I'm wrong find me another 2 or 3 bands or albums that sound like this.
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Go tell that long tongue liar
Go and tell that midnight rider
Tell the rambler, the gambler, the back biter
You tell em that God's gonna cut em down
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06.07.2020 - 10:54
Rating: 5
Ball Fondlers
This is a snooze fest. I've listened to it enough times now. Lowering score to 5... never to be heard again
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07.07.2020 - 18:31
Rating: 9
Draugen
This is chill af yo.
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