The Shiva Hypothesis – Ouroboros Stirs (Review)

The Shiva HypothesisThe Shiva Hypothesis are a black metal band from the Netherlands and this is their debut album.

The Shiva Hypothesis play music that mixes elements of black and death metal together into an atmospheric and obscure form of extreme metal.

The band’s songs have a firm black metal base, which they then pack added death metal muscularity into when the need arises. With occasional added keyboards and avant-garde tendencies, theirs is an atmospheric and esoteric take on extreme metal.

Although the music certainly has a directness to it, for the most part the band opt for winding, mood-setting riffs and avant-garde structuring. There’s a certain amount of progressive metal elements that can be heard in some of the songs too. The Shiva Hypothesis are not a band that are content with taking the easy route, and seemingly prefer to push themselves wherever they can. This is, of course, no bad thing at all.

Taking influence from bands such as Emperor, Ne Obliviscaris, and Behemoth, this translates into the songs on Ouroborus Stirs in a twisted, warped, and winding fashion. This is frequently complex, layered music, despite the more straightforward elements it also has. The songs are well-written and have obviously been greatly thought about by the band as they were composing them.

A recommended listen.

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