The band was formed in 2014, but did not release music until three years later. Singer Alexey Kharitonov left in 2015. Metal Scrap Records issued Ukraine-based HESPERION’s Живим.../Who Alive... CD in mid-2017 showcasing the band’s power metal style. Vitaliy Petrenko left the band.
HESPERION - Живим... - TOTAL METAL RECORDS
This Ukrainian sextet's debut, roughly translated to Who Alive, is seven songs and 42 minutes long. Its cover art looks like a modified version of Overkill's Feel The Fire. Released under Metal Scrap's Total Metal arm the songs are sang in the band's native tongue with a claim to be a progressive heavy/power metal band. An epic sound is expected. The songs though longer than normal are not too complex, Vitaliy's vocals are simple and music contains relatively little intricacy. More power metal songs like Танец над бездной (Dance Over The Abyss) offer the necessary ingredients of solos, keyboards and faster riffs without breaking any ground. Ленор (Lenore) is a over nine minutes long and naturally features variations. It is sometimes catchy, sometimes heavy metal and to its credit it stays longer in the latter category as might be expected. Призрак войны (The Ghost Of War) builds up to a something a la a progressive power metal song. The title track is the shortest song of the album. Vocals and keyboards dominate and it features a solo too. The near six minutes long closer is a slightly longer version of the song before it, those extra minutes change little for this band who would perhaps be more at home in the ‘80s. – Anna Tergel