About a year and a half ago I closed the review of the ep Hold defining it as “the desirable appetizer of a next work that could make definitely explode the talent of Perihelion“. Never prophecy was easier: when a band shows a progression so exciting in a few years and manages in the short space of time granted by the length of an ep to include such a density of quality, it is clear that we are faced with something that can light up like a supernova at any time. Here it is then, the moment: Örvény is the finalization of the work done by the guys from Debrecen since the moment of their change of moniker (and consequently of style) from Neokrome to Perihelion; what Zeng made glimpse and Hold began to reveal in large portions, with Örvény is shown in all its dazzling splendor. The Hungarian band plays something that can be conveniently defined as post metal or post rock but that, in reality, is a highly evolved form of music with an enormous emotional impact that, of the extreme drives that pervaded the ideas of Gyula Vasvári and Barna Katonka in the early years of the century, no longer shows any trace. Strangely enough, the opener Kihalt égi Folyosók does not fully represent what will be the true essence of the work, proving to be a good viaticum but in the name of a catchy post-black tinged with folk, lacking the emotional intensity that will be evoked by the subsequent tracks, from the beautiful Bolyongó and Fényt! dark, dreamy and overbearingly melodic at the same time, to get to the climax of the title track, compositional peak of an entire career that can really still give a lot: the song lives of a palpable tension, compressed until the central opening that has a killer riff on which is to graft a powerful wave of psychedelia. The beauty of this work also lies in the successful connection of ambient parts between the different tracks, which gives the whole sense of a complete and above all compact work, in which the vocal interpretation of Vasvári stands out, evocative for the most part but gritty and expressive when needed. Romokon is another wonderful song, this time in the odor of Alcest as well as an ideal track to be combined with a video: here some moods that bring us back to Amorphis emerge, while in Ébredő Táj the tones soften, even if streaked by sudden accelerations, before returning again to an ethereal mood but always supported by an important rhythmic base in the final Bardó. The use of the mother tongue, which in the past I considered limiting, this time has convinced me completely, and if we are used to listen to albums sung in Finnish, we must be ready to absorb also the Hungarian language that, as we know, belongs to the same linguistic strain. Örvény is a magnificent album, one of those that induce a listening destined to enter in loop indefinitely: merit of a band, such as the Magyar one, that proved capable of reinterpreting the post metal/rock matter bending it to a superior melodic taste.
2017 – Apathia Records
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