The Shiva Hypothesis are a band from t he Netherlands that has been featured before in this zine and plays an avant garde and atmospheric form of black metal with some death metal elements and this is a review of their 2018 album "Ouroboros Stirs" which was released by WormHoleDeath Records.
Field recordings start off the album along with some atmospheric sounding synths a few seconds which takes the music into a heavier direction along with a great amount of melody while the vocals are mostly grim black metal screams and when the music speeds up a great amount of blast beats and tremolo picking can be heard.
Throughout the recording you can also hear a great amount of death metal influences while all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them along with the music also bringing in a great amount of progressive and avant garde structures which are also added into the guitar solos and leads.
A lot of the tracks are very long and epic in length while the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts along with some songs also adding in a small amount of growls as well as one track also introducing shamanistic style throat singing onto the recording and as the album progresses the music gets more experimental and there is also an instrumental which also brings in acoustic guitars and piano's before returning back to a heavier direction and on the closing track clean vocals can be heard.
On this recording The Shiva Hypothesis expands on the avant garde black metal style they established on the previous release while still adding in a decent amount of death metal influences, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover mysticism, esotericism, mythology and philosophy themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from The Shiva Hypothesis and if you are a fan of avant garde black and death metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Ananda Tandava" "Build Your Cities On The Slopes Of Mount Vesuvius" and "Carrying Of The Effigy". 8 out of 10.