Hailing from Greece comes Yovel, and up from the underworld with them they come dragging their debut full length record Hɪðəˈtu. This release is a seven chapter offering that dives in to oppressiveness and in general is a record about the path from trauma to triumph. Each of the seven slabs of bubbling black metal within this release are harsh, atmospheric, captivating and as razor sharp as you would like them to be. With almost no time to breathe within each track, Yovel provides you with and entirely engaging, atmospheric and ever buzzing assault that captures your mind and takes it through the ever winding record that Yovel presents.
The first track within Hɪðəˈtu is titled Trauma, which is a two and half minute instrumental is filled with spoken word and picked guitar hymns, ultimately setting you up for the sonic assault that you are about to witness. Once Trauma fades back in to obscurity, Hɪðəˈtu really starts as Yovel ushers you in to their madness with dissonant riffs and ever raspy hellish growls. Hɪðəˈtu as a whole is dark and twisting record, one that takes you down harrowing corridors through seven tracks.
Each track is a well crafted offering that transition between full blown blackened assaults, and more near serene atmospheric moments that draw your attention in more and more. The balance that Yovel strikes between the two is great as each track provides you with both moments without lurching from one to another. The transitions are smooth, and with both the ever blasting and blaring sonic deafening and the more calm atmospheric moments, Yovel provides you with plenty of diversity through each track and throughout the entire record.
This is a release that certainly can captivate and have your mind wander through the chapters of its story over and over again. There is a lot of content packed within the seven tracks of this release and even so, Yovel execute to a tee. Hɪðəˈtu as a whole is a very solid debut outing for these Greek metal worshippers as each track is concise and never overstay their welcome, they are constructed and sewn together very well, the instrumentation is on point and the raspy steeped in malevolence vocals are strong and menacing. Packed all within forty minutes, you are provided with seven excellent tracks that are hard to deny.