The debut album is a mixture of psychedelic elements, horror, sad melodies and modern day black metal.
The production is deliberately unconventional in the sense that it was mixed and mastered using mainly analogue gear, tube amps, vintage compressors, tape recorder for the strings (tiring but worth it), retro synths etc. 'Pneuma' can be described as 'old school' yet modern at the same time.
The reverb was kept to minimum, even in the vocals, as the whole album was meant to sound claustrophobic in order to capture the listener within its atmosphere. Skilled and experienced sound engineers like Dim Douvras and Jens Bogren, who have worked with bands such as Rotting Christ and Amon Amarth in the past, made the vision of the band come true.
Lyrically, the album is full of allegories, irony and good old evil worship. The cover incorporates all these elements within a single figure.
BIO: Hail Spirit Noir was founded in the dawn of 2010 by Haris and Theoharis, also members of the avant-garde/symphonic combo TRANSCENDING BIZARRE? and the prog band REX MUNDI. The band became trio with the addition of Dim(Transcendiong Bizarre?,Blackdrawn) some months later.
Towards the end of 2011, the band joined forces with Code666/Aural music for a worldwide release of the debut album ‘Pneuma’ in the spring of 2012. The album was warmly received both by listeners and critics and thus the band soldiered on satisfied with their experiment's success. Come 2013, the trio gathered once more to review ideas and begin composing for their sophomore effort.
While maintaining the distinct ‘retro yet modern’ style of their debut, they tried to take things even further creating a sound once again all their own. The result was the band’s second album, ‘Oi Magoi’, a psychoprog black metal album of trippy melodies and satyric ecstasy .
- March 2012
- Code666 Records
- January 2014
- Code666 Records
Mayhem In Blue
- October 2016
- Dark Essence Records