Released: 2013, Candlelight Records
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
It’s about time we bring some good news and great music to all the thrash metal enthusiasts out there. Metal-Rules.com team are privileged to introduce technical thrash metal band Hybris from London, UK who released their debut album Heavy Machinery on the 16th of September, 2013 via Candlelight Records. It might be their first album so far, but Hybris are no beginners when it comes to heavy metal music scene, as the members have previously worked with such bands, like Centurions Ghost, Son of Science, Abgott, Uncaused Creation, Reverse Split, Scar Divine, Hannibal and Iron Knights.
Heavy Machinery leaves a great first impression as a solid and potentially groundbreaking record. It opens with “Uprising” - a powerful intro with well structured bass and guitar parts. The musical arrangement is original and progressive, yet sticks to the fast and aggressive tempo that is ever so present in thrash metal. It manages to excite the listener by giving a great example of what Heavy Machinery has got to offer.
“Hypertube” kicks off with high energy and slaps you in the face with its high speed, blasting drums, rasp vocals and technically spectacular and mind-blowing guitar work. Highly influenced by Bay Area Thrash Metal and with added rawness and aggression, “Hypertube” is a hell of a song to start off Heavy Machinery and set high standards for what there is to follow. A great retro feel and melodic vocals are introduced on “Shadowplay,” which stands out as a track with great progressive atmospherics and even more punching riffs. When it comes to Hybris music, it might seem that there are quite a lot of things going on at the same time, however, the album production allows each instrument sound crystal clear. Songs like “Foe Or Friend” and “Hybris” stand out and remind of classic 80’s thrash metal recordings sounding honest and not over-produced, which gives Hybris music that wonderful authentic old-school feel. Epic guitar parts, sharp riff changes and melodic guitar solos are present on tracks, like “Collision” and “Emperor” highlighting the technical side of Hybris music and performance. Heavy Machinery manages to capture raw energy that seems to build up with each song and “Insidious” is yet another banger with shredding and harmonizing guitar parts, angry vocals and pounding drums. Vocal parts on Heavy Machinery remain intense throughout the whole album, but really manage to stand out on songs like “Volcano” and “Cult Of Doom,” which is the closing track wrapping things up with acoustic intro and some more melodic approach to singing.
After hearing Heavy Machinery, it is clear that the band has a great vision of what direction they’re heading with their music and that there are hardy any limits when it comes to Hybris experimenting with different techniques and styles. Heavy Machinery is an honest record with well structured and exciting songs. It is, hands down, one of the best debut albums released in 2013 so far and it sets high standards for Hybris future releases.
Heavy Machinery is highly recommended for fans of Exodus, Overkill, Sodom, Death Angel, (early) Metallica, Testament, etc. However, it is a ‘must have’ for fans of Annihilator, Voivod, Forbidden, Watchtower and Coroner. It is also recommended that you pay close attention to Hybris, as we’ve got a good feeling that there’s a lot more exciting music to be heard from these guys in the future.
Review by Anna Dumpe