Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Hegemon - Still Raping After All These Years demo '98


Hegemon was formed in '96 in France and they released their first demo tape titled Rape the Banner of Light in '97. Still Raping After All These Years is their second demo and it was released in '98. This demo contains entire first demo plus 3 additional songs.

Band's line-up is quite interesting: vocalist Nicolas Blachier was also vocalist in one of my favorite French bands Your Shapeless Beauty, and he was the owner of French label Chanteloup Creations which is the label that released first two Hegemon demo tapes. I think I've read somewhere that Rape the Banner of Light, Hegemon's first demo, was the first ever tape released by Chanteloup but as I can't find proof of that now, I can't say for sure if my memory fools me or if I actually remember it correctly. Drummer on this (and the first) demo was Krzys, member of The Black Legions, known for being Mütiilation drummer in '94 and '95, and for having his own project Belathuzur. Bassist is also member of Diamond Eyed Princess, which is a great French black metal band and I highly recommend listening to them if you haven't already.

There are 7 songs on Still Raping After All These Years demo with complete length of 26 minutes. First 4 songs on this demo are, like I said, from band's first demo and these 4 tracks are in my opinion best part of the demo. The style is mid to fast paced black metal with high pitched vocals and melodic guitar riffs and pretty loud bass lines. I'd say the style of black metal present here is like a mix between Bekhira and Funeral - so it's basically epic sounding old school melodic black metal with raw sound.
I have to mention that the production isn't great, but that's pretty normal for black metal demo tapes from the 90's, especially the ones released by Chanteloup. The last 3 songs actually have even worse production so they sound even more raw but don't get me wrong, this is in no way raw black metal - if you are able to tolerate poor noisy production, you'll notice it's actually very good epic/true black metal.

I quite like this demo and Hegemon in general, so I would recommend listening to this - just don't expect anything you haven't heard before. This is recommended to people who enjoy second wave black metal, French black metal, and raw rehearsal sound.

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