Hesperia are a solo project from Italy that plays an atmospheric form of pagan/black metal and this is a review of his 2017 album "Caesar[Roma Vol.I]" which was released by Sleaszy Rider Records.
Epic sounding synths and spoken word parts start off the album along bringing in a historical Roman feeling before going into more of a heavy and melodic direction and you can also hear all of the musical instruments that are present on the recording and both the atmospheric and heavy parts get mixed together at times.
When vocals are utilized they have a spoken feeling while also keeping around the grim side of black metal and clean singing can also be heard at times along with the solos and leads sticking to a more melodic direction and the music also brings in a Bronze Age era atmosphere at times and there is also a brief use of folk instruments.
There is also an instrumental track before returning back to vocals while some tracks also bring in a small amount of clean playing and acoustic guitars and as the album progresses elements of speed and traditional metal can be heard on some of the songs and when the music speeds up a small amount of blast beats can be heard along with a couple of the tracks being very long and epic in length and there is also a brief use of operatic female vocals and the synths also add in a touch of 70's progressive rock at times and they also bring in a cover of Iron Maiden's "Ides To March".
Hesperia plays a style of pagan/black metal that is very epic and atmospheric while also adding in a great amount of originality to the genre, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover The Aeneid, and Italian History.
In my opinion Hesperia are a very great original sounding pagan/black metal band and if you are looking for something different, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Trivmviratvm" "Roma" "Romana Conspiratio (Tema di Bruto)" and "Ivlivs Caesar (Divvs et Mythvs)". 8 out of 10.