HistoryThis Portuguese band was formed in 2010 and issued its debut, Hiperion Rise, in 2013 through Non Nobis Productions. The release was promoted through a show at Portuguese venue Side B. Paulo Brandão was initially the band’s bassist. Keyboardist Ricardo Lima had already left the act.
Witchery was a 2018 demo. Helder Soares had switched to guitar and new man João Costa had joined on bass.
HIPERION - HIPERION RISE - NON NOBIS
Portuguese quintet's debut CD is, as the bio puts it, traditional metal. There is no hiding the NWOBHM influence. This is sure to appeal to fans of standard German heavy metal too. The opener is not far removed from Running Wild, Freedom Call or the like. Clear Iron Maiden influences are all over the eight songs and at some points there is even a bit of Bruce Dickinson in Paulo Brandao. The start of Justice Of Faith is very early Metallica and is another case in point of the influence of NWOBHM. The title track, also bearing the name of the band, is also the Iron Maiden type song (and just about any Manowar song) with lyrics like “Rise Rise Hiperion Rise ... The power of metal in your eyes.” Verses like “warriors of steel” and “metal is the future” make appearances in This Is Metal, a pseudo anthem that is a bit on the low-key side for it to be a full-blown crowd pleasing live song. Under Your Command takes on the battle theme making sure Manowar is mentioned here again. Towards the end of Under Your Command and the seventh track Let Me Rock the band do a bit of a folk 'metal' thing, perhaps these are newer songs and if so the future is not promising. Masters Of The Night ends this 37 minute release with a promise to fight all the demons’ attack! - Anna Tergel