Hail Spirit was ten years ago considered as an innovative band and ever since they have continued to develop. Actually on their new song Crossroads from the new album Eden In reverse they make the leap from Black Metal to Prog.
Croosroads feauture Lars Lazare Nedland known from Borknagar, and his crystal clear voice really fits the sci-fi riffs and all the well-functioning and exciting space-drifting passages as quirky electronic melodies Hail Spirit Noir delivers.
The band states, «Crossroads’ represents the catchy side of the album. This is the only track that was unfinished for many, many months. When Lars Nedland came on board, everything fell into place and the song evolved into its final shape. Lyrically it’s a hymn to the Darwinian spirit in every single cell on its journey through endless possibilities, for better or for worse.
Well this was a waste of time, thought Darwin as the incense took hold of him. His head swirling, he watched as a silly millipede tried to speak to a baby and sighed as a flower played hide and seek with the sun. Its spot was so good it would never be found. There was one last chance, an ape, but it couldn’t make up its mind. The colors at the end of the tunnel were bright as with every automaton. You can watch the video and see yourself.
«This is the album we’ve spent the most time on. We started off doing some experiments without any idea where they could lead to. After the first three to four tracks, we realized we were onto something new for the band,” said the group.We were no longer in the ’60s-’70s zone but more in the ’70s-’80s. The songs sounded retro-futuristic and surreal but they were also more prog, psychedelic and challenging than ever. In the lyrics, we re-wrote the story of Eden from a surreal, Richard Dawkins-esque, Darwinian point of view. The result was Eden in Reverse». The track The First Ape On The New Earth, a retro-futuristic and surreal amalgam of prog and psychedelia and there are plenty of organ, synths and pounding drums.
Hail Spirit Noir started out as a psychedelic black metal band, and on their last album Mayhem their black metal roots was very present. So from Mayhem to Eden In Reverse there have been a major change and I really enjoy this transformation. To prove this is a prog album it has the necessary 10+ minute closer in Automata 1980!