After having released the Vynil format of HYRGAL’s album Serpentine, we decided to re-issue this awesome album in a CD digipack format.
We believe a lot in the potential of HYRGAL and hope you will be as enthusiastic as we are.
Hyrgal pops out from Clement Flandrois’ desire, also known for its former work with Svart Crown, a decade ago. Even if the line up went through some ups and downs, it now proudly bears its slough with this first album as an ornament : Serpentine. Its black metal free from artifices directly goes under the patronage of primal forces, shaking the fragile human structure. It inherit a duality between the rampancy of natural disasters and the peaceful simplicity of melodic parts. We go through this album as if we were in the vast alpine landscape that inspired the album : searching for an original power stirring up at the same time a genuine fear and a irrepressible fascination.
LINE-UP: Flandrois Clément (Guitars, Vocals) | Zuccaro Emmanuel (Drums, Percussion, Vocals) | Aberne Quantin (Bass)
Hand Drawing artworks: Le chien noir
Pics: Fabrice Flandrois (29/11/1956 – 10/08/2012)
Words from the label manager, Gérald Milani:
“Would you believe it if I told you we almost missed out on this fantastic band …For the anecdote, JB from Svart Crown sent me, during summer 2017, some tracks from Serpentine as a preview because he thought this album will perfectly fit with LADLO. Back then, I was in a personal torment, and I did not put much intention on this proposition, moreover our 2018 planning was already full. Yet, back from the 2017 Tyrant Fest, Tony from RLHT talked to me, in the most flattering way, about this album, released shortly before on Naturmacht Productions on CD. Clément (mastermind of Hyrgal, and ex-Svart Crown) shared those track with him when RLHT played at Marseille, in Fall 2017. This made my mouth water that much that I had to listen to the album as soon as possible : the next morning I contacted the band and asked the team what they thought about it. It was a general crush, it did not took much time to find some place for them in our planning, even if we could only produced the vinyl. You know that we prefer producing all format, but we really wanted to work on this album, and we hope that this is a first step to a long collaboration.
Words will never replace music, and the best thing for you to make up your mind is to listen to this awesome Serpentine. You will surely be touched, as I have been, by this energy, this primitive strength, almost instinctive, that hit you straight in the face like a tsunami. It is striking while offering in the same time smart compositions leading you through different atmospheres. I love everything on this album, from the French exacerbate singing to the subtle and perfectly placed lyrics, from the amazing riffs to the heavy and dissonant atmosphere, from the ever-present drums to its place in the sound spectrum.
A first try, yet very mature, that already makes this album a special one that we are extremely proud to share with you. “