at The Black Heart, London
10th October 2013
Review by Anna Dumpe
Photography by Sabrina Dersel
On the 10th of October 2013, a London based technical thrash metal band Hybris threw a party to celebrate the release of their debut album Heavy Machinery that’s out now via Candlelight Records.
Hybris are five determined and talented musicians who’ve previously taken part in such bands as Centurions Ghost, Son of Science, Abgott, Uncaused Creation, Reverse Split, Scar Divine, Hannibal and Iron Knights, but now have put their heads together to record an album that’s heavy, ambitious and technically challenging.
Tonight at Camden Town’s Black Heart Hybris present Heavy Machinery to a packed out room of keen metalheads willing to hear some of the finest technical thrash they’ve heard in a while.
Without wasting much time, Hybris take the stage with the opener „Uprising,” which makes a hell of an intro with its complex structure and ability to build great tension. Although instrumental, it perfectly reflects Hybris technical abilities and their heavy signature sound.
“Hypertube” kicks things off in a classic thrash metal manner with sharp riffs, fast-pace drumming and shit-ton of raw energy to get the crowd going. Heads are bangin’ and beers are being spilled, but tonight’s a party, after all, and everyone on the stage and within the crowd seems to be having a great time
There are plenty of bands out there to record technically complex albums in the studio, but when it comes to live shows, Hybris really prove themselves to be at the top of their game. There seems to be nothing that Hybris can’t pull off live and the performance of „Foe or Friend” is a great example of that. No matter how challenging, Hybris pull off each and every song without much effort and making them sound immense.
Continuously pushing the limits and taking the show to another level with each song, Hybris come across as a dedicated bunch of musicians with a clear concept of their musical performance.
„Insidious” stand out as a track with an eager drive, rather impressive guitar work and absolutely mind-blowing dual lead guitar parts, while “Volcano” holds a great amount of attitude, melodic emphasis and brilliant vocal arrangement.
Fang’s (frontman of Hybris) vocals are sounding spot on and perfectly suit the type of music Hybris perform. His vocal range allows him to experiment with some evil thrash metal screams and is not holding him back to lay down some melodic vocal parts on “Cult Of Doom”.
Despite the fact that this is the first time Hybris play “Cult Of Doom” live, it goes down exceptionally well. What differs “Cult Of Doom” from any other Hybris track is the slow-pace, melodic and doom intro that gradually builds into a progressive, yet heavy and atmospheric song.
Although sometimes heavily progressive and technical, Hybris music never loses the rough thrash metal energy and influence. „Collision” starts off heavy and quite steady, but grows into an unstoppable thrash metal piece that marks tonight’s ultimate song to headbang to.
Closing their set with the extremely fast and banging “Hubris” and “Shadowplay,” Hybris end their set on a high note, as both songs hold great amount of energy, heavy riffs and, once again, allow both guitarists, Fed and Achilles, to demonstrate their epic dual lead parts and technical mastery.
This is only the beginning for Hybris now when they’ve successfully presented their debut Heavy Machinery to a local crowd. With such talent, enthusiasm and support they’re set to go far. Watch this space.
For fans of Voivod, (early) Metallica, Annihilator, Exodus, Overkill, Sodom, Forbidden, Watchtower, Death Angel, Testament and Coroner.
For or Friend
Cult of Doom