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Five the Hierophant – Through Aureate Void

Five the Hierophant – Through Aureate Void

Five the Hierophant - Through Aureate Void

  • Rating: 9/10
  • Release Date: 26 February, 2021
  • Label: Dark Essence Records
  • Musicians:
    Chris - drums Dan - percussion instruments (toms, bongos, djembe, zither, tabla, triangle guirro, shakers, death whistle, cymbals) Mitch - bass guitar effects, omichord, noisebox, analogue synthesizer Jon - saxophone, music saw, bells Kali - guitar, field recordings, violin, zither, bow guitar, dungchen
  • Favorite songs:
    Leaf in the current, Berceuse
  • For Fans of:
    Wyatt E. , Weltschmerz, Un Festín Sagital, Komara

Following up their 2017 album, „Over Phlegethon”, the British drone jazz metal band Five the Hierophant are bringing us their second full length album – “Through Aureate Void”. As you can say from the title and the gorgeous, gorgeous cover art, done once again by Odd Nerdrum, this is going to serve us that same grim feeling with a sophisticated aftertaste.

In contrast to their more experimental “Magnetic Sleep Tapes” from two years ago, both of their full-length albums have more of a heavy black metal-oriented sound, but that doesn’t make them any duller.

Just from the intro of ‘Leaf in the current’, you are pulled right into that dark, mystical space the music creates. You progressively get to sense what this is all about as the 12-minute track keeps going, which makes it the perfect single.

It’s hard not to notice the signature sax, which is probably one of the main reasons for the band’s unique style. Even if the soundscape is so rich and filled with various instruments and sounds, the saxophone still manages to bring that feeling of isolation and despair to the whole picture.

 Five the Hierophant – Leaf in the Current (click here if the video doesn’t play)

Something I really like is the wide variety of percussions that, mixed with the fuzzy, looped guitar riffs and low bass tone, adds a lot of flavor to the already diverse mix. Everything coming together creates that layered, fine but twisted atmosphere, like walking through a museum with fascinating artifacts from across the sea, many of which are probably cursed.

Making a coherent album with so many interesting elements to it and still maintaining the sludgy, brooding feeling is an art form in itself and a blessing for people like me who like their doom with a little something on top to keep things exciting. The flow is so good that even with the clear distinction between the tracks it all still feels like one big piece a la “El mundo frío”.

‘The Hierophant II’ is a great closure to the album. Being the subdued song on the record, it feels like a slow and sad, but peaceful goodbye.

I can sit there and spill excessive descriptors all day, but you have to hear “Through Aureate Void” for yourself. Those who aren’t familiar with Five the Hierophant have to experience their sound themselves to truly get what I’m trying to express in this short review. So get yourself a glass of fine wine, sit back, hit play and immerse yourself in these 50 minutes of aural gloom!


  1. Leaf in the current
  2. Fire from frozen cloud
  3. Berceuse
  4. Pale flare over marshes
  5. The Hierophant II

About the Author


Evelina is a small Bulgarian girl with a big passion for music. She was introduced to prog long before she even knew what that is thanks to classic bands such as Genesis, YES and Pink Floyd, but the subgenre grew on her after discovering Haken back in 2015. When she’s not at some local show or driving the neighbours insane with the new obscure band she’s currently obsessed with she enjoys the other fine things in life, like good food and visual art.

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