Although it makes use of clean vocals, very harsh vocals prevails, in almost condescending harmonies that, although increases over an unusual layer of a very anthropomorphic sound, with kind and tenacious melodies sidelined by a graceful melancholy, In the Hours Beneath is a very heavy album, close to raw black metal in the more aggressive passages. Nonetheless, it does embrace a very close consideration between melodic and raw black metal, dividing in almost equal parts these two distinct brands of black metal, melting both in an increasingly effective manner.
A very good album, that works over a very distinct proposal, effectively deconstructing black metal to create something new, more remarkable and audacious, In the Hours Beneath has beautiful melodies, outstretched by a great degree of originality. With potential to please all the enthusiasts of the genre, no matter the subgenre of BM, and to conquer its meritorious space in the underground scene, this album certainly has worked right all the existing components of the genre, lucidly colliding in between the most opaque veils of its own style an interesting path to uniqueness.
Although some passages can sound a little generic, In the Hours Beneath is generally a good album. With strong melodies, a good interaction between harsh and clean vocals, and an amazing equilibrium between raw and melodic black metal, this record honors the genre in very distinct forms. Appreciative of the ways BM can be used by talented musicians to tell stories, this album has all tracks embraced in a very elusive form of artistry. Although it is not a remarkable work, this artist certainly has the means to get better and better, as he progresses on his musical journey.
In the end, In the Hours Beneath, despite being a little common ground in some moments, has strong merits, and defines a very original approach to BM as a personal style and as a musical genre, specially concerning the audacity on treating the genre in a more soft and smooth manner, without renouncing the furious wrath by which Black Metal is known.