Hailing from The Netherlands comes The Shiva Hypothesis. This band plays in the vein of blackened death and do a great job of ripping you some new ear holes. Their 2015 promo features three songs of the damning variety, and really variety is the key word here. With this band and this promo expecting the unexpected is the easiest way to approach it. Through each song you get thrown for various loops as you have a difficult time pin pointing what will happen next.
The first thing of note is the production. It is clean and crisp and everything that you are hearing and suppose to hear is in place. The promo is smooth and never sounds as though any of the elements that they tether together sound out of sorts. Throughout the three songs you get nothing but tight and squeaky clean production and from the first note that is one of the things that jumps straight out at you.
Another thing that you may note right off the bat is that, The Shiva Hypothesis is a little unconventional in their approach. Not only do they sew black metal and death metal together, but they also add other elements to add to the intrigue and the mystique of the music. As mentioned, nothing is straight forward and each minute brings you something new. Even through three songs the depth and the variation is massive which keeps you listening and keeps you guessing.
Each song deploys riffs that are dark and haunting almost that are aided by the occasional guitar solo. The drums are writhing and pound away at your ear drums, and there is a bass presence that cannot and will not be ignored. The vocals are interesting all on their own and fluctuate between gravel filled screeches, death metal roars and in the middle of the song Praedormitium you get haunting cleans.
The entirety of this promo is shrouded in evil and consumed by the darkness. There is a certain atmosphere that this release carries that has a lot of weight to it which is not to be trifled with. In only three songs, these gents from The Netherlands provide something that is intriguing and wholly interesting. The promo is ripping and a savage statement of what is to come.