I’ve come to know The Shiva Hypothesis, 4-piece metal band from The Netherlands, by the debut demo simply entitled Promo 2015.
Despite the overly simplistic title, this slight introductive work has a lot of potential and many shades to show.
I found this album interesting in the first place, well, because they followed that kinda underground tradition of making demos/promos before even commencing with a full length record.
Which better way to show your ability to the whole world than with a small, short demo release!?
Well, there’s no better way, in my opinion.
And what these Dutch guys showed us is a solid performance of modern-sounding black metal, infused with death and thrash metal elements. Bits of proggy and atmospheric finesses can’t be ignored as well.
Everything’s also decently produced and fully usable from the very first play. Nice one!
I’d start my disquisition with the ending tune, Maze of Delusion, which is my favourite one. Guess why?
It is the most complex out of the collection. Long and intricate with great variegated influences, a lot of haunting riffs and shiny moments. I do feel the presence of Emperor and Behemoth here, especially in the heaviest parts of the 9-minute tune, which are nonetheless balanced by slower yet moderately calm passages. And that’s what enhances this album. In fact, with its so dynamic structures I bet you will never be able to find yourself bored.
Hope other band members won’t get offended by this, but the singer does elevate this band on a higher level. His voice spans from high, harsh screams to guttural growls without a tangible weakness. Being the vocal-lines so aggressive I have been amazed at how they can be so melodic, and catchy as well.
I do feel, but I might be wrong, that sometimes the vocals are a bit filtered. But who cares, as long as they’re functional in making the voice, as well as the whole demo, even more interesting.
Anyhow, I can’t excuse myself from a brief mention of the remaining two numbers.
The opener Caduceus is a furious frontal attack. Few chances of breathing and a lot of head-banging.
Praedormitium is, let’s say, more articulate. Introduced by a Tibetan monks-like acapella we are tossed into an unusual song lying between blackened death and thrash metal…but with the usual, and well placed tempo changes.
All of that, builds a 3-song demo which sets the stone for a bright future!