Hyborea Review

artist: Keen Of The Crow date: 07/22/2010 category: compact discs
Keen Of The Crow: Hyborea
Released: 2007
Genre: Doom Death Metal
Label: Grau Records
Number Of Tracks: 11
It's a pity that this band split up because they had a nice chance of success with their first and only album Hyborea
 Sound: 8
 Lyrics: 7
 Overall Impression: 7
 Overall rating:
 7.2 
 Reviewer rating:
 7.3 
 Users rating:
 7 
 Votes:
 1 
review (1) 4 comments vote for this album:
overall: 7.3
Hyborea Reviewed by: krvolok, on july 22, 2010
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Sound: It's a pity that this band split up because they had a nice chance of success with their first and only album Hyborea.I stumbled on them by accident and it was the title of the album that caught my eye, Hyborea. The sound is pure death/doom metal, mostly slow(around 50-70 bpm)with a couple of faster sections(around 100-140 bpm).The production is great and the bass has been given a lot of room however the clean vocals have been awkwardly placed in the mix. 01. "Prologue": intro track. 02. "Where the Dead Kings Lie": the album starts with one of the best songs, the song is nine and a half minutes long but it feels like it's only 4, the structure is simple a series of alternating riffs. 03. "Hyborea": is, surprisingly, a filler track. 04. "Left For the Wolves": there are couple really heavy riffs on this one. 05. "The Eye Of the Serpent": is an interesting, eastern sounding filler track ending with one of Thulsa Doom's monologues. 06. "To Reach Emptiness": the length is is more apparent on this one, still a good song it's dynamic at least. 07. "Burning Away...": this songs has taken a hit or two form the battle axe because it drags along for abut seven minutes, which is how long it is. 08. "Valeria": the intro is good but the rest sound like it's filler. 09. "Seeking Fury, Becoming Wrath": it takes some time for the song get rolling but beyond that great song. 10. "Stygian Black Lotus": the best cleans on an album with a lot of cleans and the rest is good. 11. "Epilogue": outro track. // 8

Lyrics: Well my initial excitement abut the lyrics was soon replaced with disappointment, the lyrics don't follow the works of R.E.Howard but the movie Conan the Barbarian. Fans of the fabled Cimmerian will at least take comfort that the lyrics are still in the spirit of Conan. Dan Ochoa's vocals are good, the gutturals are better than the cleans but there are a few moments like on "Where The Dead Kings Lie" when the two compliment each other. // 7

Overall Impression: In the world of November's Doom and other similar, better known death/doom bands Keen of The Crow doesn't offer anything new, but still Hyborea is worth listening, even more if you are a fan of death/doom.The other thing is the filler, I guess that they are there to give length to the album but they disrupt the flow, especially on the first half of the album. My favorite songs are "Where the Dead Kings Lie" and "To Reach Emptiness". // 7

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