Hailing from Athens, Greece is Eriphion and just unleashed is their debut EP Hossana. This four track EP isn’t something that you would expect a debut anything to sound like as it is well rounded, well constructed, performed and much more. Through four tracks you are greeted with nothing but top notch black metal that is sure to sink your soul into a bitter abyss. From beginning to end, Eriphion provides you with track after track of atmospheric light stealing black metal for your darkened enjoyment. I certainly was surprised by what Eriphion has to offer within Hossana as it is certainly a blackened gem of a release.
Eriphion doesn’t wait long before getting you acquainted with their unholy sound as they pour the darkness on thick beginning with the title track. Eriphion immediately greets you with slicing riffs and ever tumultuous drumming before spectral vocals pour in through your speakers haunting your mind. The opening track is a good taste of what is to come and what Eriphion has to offer, and what they have to offer is even more superb atmospheric devilish tunes. From the opener onward, Eriphion shift wraith like from track to track presenting you with a blackened assault through and through.
Each of the four tracks that are presented here are not just pure blackened sonic assaults as each track is riddled with plenty of atmosphere. These tracks have a great ability to steal away your mind and submerge it in the bitter darkness in which Eriphion provides. Hossana is steeped in malevolence and damnation and through the ambiance that is sewn in to each track that is very palpable. As sinister and harrowing as each track is, they are just as captivating and mesmerizing in their own twisted way.
Through and through, Hossana is an excellent EP. This release sounds as though Eriphion are seasoned veterans of the genre as this is a well constructed and highly intoxicating release.