Hyrgal are a band from France that plays a heathen form of black metal and this is a review of their 2017 album "Serpentine" which will be released on October 28th by Naturmacht Productions.
Nature sounds start off the album along with some stringed instruments and tribal shamanistic style drum beats a few seconds later and after the intro the music goes into a very fast and raw musical direction which also utilizes a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats.
Vocals are mostly grim black metal screams while some of the tracks are very long and epic in length along with the music also bringing in a decent mixture of both modern and old school influences as well as the music also having its atmospheric moments, some songs also bring in a small amount of acoustic guitars and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them and melodic chants can also be heard briefly and melodic guitar leads are also added onto the closing track.
Hyrgal plays a style of heathen black metal that is very raw and atmospheric, the production sounds very raw and heavy while the lyrics are written in French and cover The Alpine Spirit and folklore of their native country.
In my opinion Hyrgal are a very great sounding heathen black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Mouroir" and "Etrusca Discliplina". 8 out of 10.