Hyperion - Seraphical Euphony (2016, Black Lion Productions)
There have been so many copy cats of Dissection since the band released its masterpiece in Storm Of The Light’s Bane that the subgenre of Melodic Black Metal could have been named Jon Nödtveidt. Being compared once again to those Swedish musicians is probably just another walk in the park for Hyperion but they managed to do it so right that they elevated the Dissection heritage to another level.
Those riffs are more than just melodic, they are insanely catchy and devastating in their tight execution. It reminds how Dissection was that catchy while being aggressive and respected by fans of Black Metal. It was, in fact, pure fun and enjoyable as a multiple listen. Well, Hyperion is a hell of an enjoyable album to my ears and this means fun and an album I’ll definitely be revisiting all along the year.
So to end with the Swedish Melodic Black Metal comparisons, this subgenre of a subgenre is getting a monument and an essential listening and a solid marker of how Metal can be great while revisiting its paths of the past.