Hypnotic Nausea – The Death Of All Religions (2020)

It was four years ago when ‘Hypnosis’ was released, the first album of the Greek experimental heavy rock band Hypnotic Nausea, the debut was met with great reviews from the press., in the pastyear, the band releasedthe second work “The Death of All Religion”.

I had never heard of them and I looked for their first album, actually worthy of attention and as it often happens, it’s difficult to categorize Hypnotic Nausea style, it’s not simple stoner, it’s not simple rock, it’s a interweaving of sounds with so much individuality.

“The Death of All Religions” concentrates a style of sound of psychedelic lines, desert and post rock, stoner and electronic parts with a dark imprint.

Ten pieces substantively linked by the only theme of the album, being a concept, focuses on the ways in which organized religion operates in the context of a society that hasn’t developed the appropriate defenses to avoid spiritual enslavement.

Please, note the album was released in a special vinyl edition which will be accompanied by a twenty-four-page comic strip. The strip and artwork for the record was created by their very own bass player George P.

It’s a very deep work, very intricate and if we want to be introspective, musically I didn’t find a single defect given also the excellent production.  Ten engaging songs, maybe not easy to interpret at the first listen but very interesting, if you can not grasp the nuances, do not give up and listen to every single track, it is a record of rare beauty.

Starting from the closing track “Inquietum Cor” in which it is easy to breathe a deep harmony, very airy and penetrating, a melancholy instrumental piece; the harmonious “Outside”, with its cadenced rhythm, almost a lullaby, the title track “The Death of All Religion” in which George B.’s voice accompanies us through this dreamlike journey, same for the shotrter instrumental “Silent Moment”.

Distorted and dystopic is “Crippled God” while “Dogma” is more closest to the classic stoner piece; while “Faded Faith” brings back a more intimate atmosphere.

Again a bit of stoner desert rock in “Spiritual Allegiance” and in “Priest”.

Quite original, certainly diversified, Hypnotic Nausea’s “The Death of All Religion”really worth the attention.

Valeria Campagnale.

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