Five The Hiero­phant

Metal Hammer (UK) - - Subterrane­a -

OVER PHLEGETHON

DARK ESSENCE BRI­TISH AVANT-IN­STRU­MEN­TAL­ISTS IN­VITE YOU TO TAKE A LEAP OF FAITH This multi-in­stru­men­tal avant as­sault owes as much to the jazz fu­sion of Ma­hav­ishnu Orches­tra as it does to the doom metal pow­er­ing its per­ma­nent heft. Queen Over Phlegethon’s sharp, per­cus­sive groove is the start of a trip through shim­mer­ing, psy­che­delic en­vi­rons. Der

Geist Der Stets Verneint is a car­ni­va­lesque night­mare, re­ward­ing your per­se­ver­ance with the record’s apoc­a­lyp­ti­cally swag­ger­ing high­point. It’s a rare spike of co­her­ent en­ergy amid multi-lay­ered, dif­fuse at­mos­pheres, pay­ing off on a po­ten­tial you may feel the band are yet to fully ful­fil. On Omen Tree the al­bum’s rit­u­al­is­tic at­mos­phere takes cen­tre stage – a con­clu­sion that leaves you un­sure as to whether Five The Hiero­phant have led you to the spir­i­tual rev­e­la­tion they promised or tricked you into a labyrinthi­ne pur­ga­tory. 7

FOR FANS OF: ALUK TODOLO, ORANSSI PAZUZU, EPHEL DUATH

TOM O’BOYLE

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