Roel de Haan : The Greek outfit Hail Spirit Noir is already up for the third album called ‘Mayhem In Blue. Their peculiar style has split listeners down the middle. You either love or hate them with a passion. First I couldn’t make my mind up, but after careful consideration I think I know in which camp I belong. Their peculiarity lies in the fact that they combine sixties/seventies (psychedelic) prog rock with groovy black metal. And their way of approaching things is quite ad hoc. The basis of their music is groovy black metal a la Tulus or Khold with even some Satyricon-esque dissonance thrown in for good measure, but it all interspersed and interchanged by proggy Hammond organ, carnivalesque frivolities and Pink Floyd-like lead-guitars. At first it might seem patchy and incoherent. A mess even. But, in time it somehow falls into place and I felt a certain cynical darkness present of which ‘Lost In Satan’s Charms’ is the best example. Opeth fans take note: this is how you combine vintage prog with metal.