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Hurakan — Via Aeterna

Via Aeterna
by Shea Higgerson at 05 May 2022, 5:44 AM

French deathcore band HURAKAN released their third full-length album through Lacerated Enemy Records, which has a few guest features. In this case, I find the origin of the band’s name to be of interest since Hurakan is the Mayan god of wind, storm, and fire, and is also one of the two creator gods. I think their name’s meaning is a good representation of the band’s heavy, powerful sound. Their first song “Imperium” features vocalist Kyle Anderson of the deathcore heavyweights BRAND OF SACRIFICE. That’s one way to get your band noticed — have one of the most revered deathcore vocalists from one of the biggest deathcore bands to come on the scene recently featured on a track. Right from the start I can tell this is typical deathcore with its demonic vocals, thundering, ferocious drums, and cinematic, operatic riffs. It is HEAVY.

The band again brings in a guest vocalist for their third song “Abyssal” with HUMANITY’S LAST BREATH vocalist Filip Danielsson. A third guest vocalist Raphaël Verguin of PSYGNOSIS is also brought in for the final song on the album and the title track “Via Aeterna.” I don’t think this many guest vocalists are typically featured on metal albums, so this is an interesting move to make. Features and collaborations definitely aren’t unheard of in the metal world, but three on one album seems abnormal. Not that it really means anything or changes my opinion of the music. I just found it curious.

I think this album and this band will definitely please those who love the deathcore genre. It’s heavy and intense in every way. They’re every bit as talented as some of the more well-known deathcore names. And all of the usual deathcore hallmarks are there. The album is not bad by any means, however, I felt like nothing in particular really stuck out to me. There was nothing particularly impressive or that left me in awe of what I was listening to, and that’s why I’m not really singling out any songs, I think that’s what I really look for in music that I love and that makes me keep pressing play. I liked this album. But I wanted to hear something new and different, something like what WHITECHAPEL has done with their last two albums. Now I know some people say WHITECHAPEL went soft, but I think they just evolved and got better. I’m also not saying that HURAKAN or any other deathcore band needs to resort to the use of clean vocals — I just wanted something to make me think “Wow! That was interesting.”

Songwriting: 7
Musicianship: 8
Memorability: 5
Production: 8

3 Star Rating

1. Imperium
2. Void
3. Abyssal
4. Charon
5. Asmodeus
6. Vagrant
7. Resurgence
8. Umbra
9. Via Aeterna
Maxime Marécha - Guitar
Raphaël Darras - Bass
Thomas Crémier - Drums
Danny Louzon - Vocals
Record Label: Lacerated Enemy Records


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