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Review: Hiranya – Breathe Out

by Miloš Šebalj

Hiranya – Breathe Out

1. Iemon
2. Far Away
3. Conformism
4. Transparency
5. Shot
6. Harpy
7. Insanity
8. Ángel
9. Anger
10. Oiwa

Label: Rock CD Records
Date: March 1, 2019

Right from the start it is apparent these guys take themselves very seriously. I’m quite sure it is not a cheap thing these days hiring a promotional company to take care of the business side of music. What’s more, “Blood Fire Death music, promotion & management” has submitted a physical release for reviewing. Obviously, Hiranya believes in the stuff they create enough to go the extra mile to promote it as wide as possible. Promo sheet shows a couple more factors that just confirm my claim. Seems like the Spaniards invested a lot in this album. Was it worth it?

The first thing that caught my ear was the production of the release. It is too clean for my taste, polished to perfection so that the music loses “the edge” a bit. The genre Hiranya performs needs more aggression. Luckily, the songs themselves still carry that spark most of the time. Female fronted (is not a genre!) Spanish quintet flows on the borderline of Melodic Death Metal and, to a smaller extent, Metalcore. Of course, I’m speaking about the modern version, defined in the 21st century by the Swedish old timers, such as In Flames or Dark Tranquility. When the occasional keyboard drips in there is even a fair amount of Children of Bodom influences (“Anger” for best example).

“Breathe Out” is a very rhythmical record which is where the Metalcore kicks in. Very audible bass guitar, as well as the variety of drum patterns are the backbone of the material. Riffing, though very melodic, retains enough violence not to sound too “sweet”. Complemented with fine-tuned solos, guitars do execute what is necessary. Vocals might just be the weak spot for Hiranya. Although Sara owns an extremely strong growl, the clean parts are way too soft, bordering on Gothic Metal at times. It might not be too bad for songs that deal with emotional issues (which are in majority here) but elsewhere she just might sound a bit angrier. Oh, and please, use you own language or get yourself a lector. Your English skills are not on the needed level.

Considering this is already the second album by the band, there is a sense of maturity on “Breathe Out”. They need to fix a couple of “hiccups” to get their music widely accepted. Let’s hope this will be another case of “third album revelation”.

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