Cardinal Sins / Contrary Virtues

by †HYMNS†

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Samuel Manville and Peter Reisner. Hymns
is an interpretation of classical music through the medium of vocals, guitar and drums. Taking inspiration from the classical works of Arvo Part, Ludovico Einaudi and Steve Reich fused with the garage rock of Forget Cassettes, and Des Ark.

On the debut double album Cardinal Sins / Contrary Virtues, Hymns create a unique, yet timeless sound. These beautiful, but perfectly serious, joyless songs of Apocalypse rely on the vocals of the Sam who screams as convincingly and genuinely as anyone. At the core lyrical concept is atheism, reinterpreting classical standards, through the filter of post-punk and Nick Cave. Big guitars with intricate drums and a vocal line that's far from priest like. This album is delivered with enough vitriol to fuel a thousand Death Metal acts.

Live is where Hymns excel, rigging the guitar through two guitar amps and a bass amp. They slip between bold and brittle, brash and delicate with precision and conviction putting most bands of more conventional member numbers to shame.

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released December 12, 2011

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Big Scary Monsters is an independent currently label based in Oxford. It has so far been responsible for releases from the likes of Minus The Bear, Andrew W.K., Pulled Apart By Horses, Gnarwolves, Kevin Devine, Into It. Over It, Cursive, Meet Me In St Louis, Bear vs Shark, Toe, This Town Needs Guns, Tall Ships, Matt Pryor, Walter Schreifels, Joyce Manor, Algernon Cadwallader and many, many more. ... more

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