Review: Hybridism – Hybridism

Hybridism (band)

Ever since Meshuggah released their classic “Destroy, Erase, Improve”, legions of bands have been clamouring to follow in the footsteps of the polyrhythmic metal gods. Though Belgium-based instrumental act Hybridism do follow in the steps of the mentioned Swedish powerhouse, the quartet also showcase a variety of different influences on their self-titled debut.

Founded on the expected principles of overabundant polyrhythms and atmospheric ambience combined with ultra-modern production techniques, Hybridism is a band that should be closely watched by music fans the world over.

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“Hybridism” is split into six digestible songs. The music found on the EP is typical Djent affair, albeit with a fair amount of flair woven in. The polyrhythmic drumming, the jazzy chords, clean breaks and ambient sections so often displayed by Periphery and TesseracT are all present. The guitarists, Jeffrey Ricaille and Alex Kaupp, are in top form, providing both memorable, groovy riffs and unsettling melodies and arpeggios, seamlessly alternating between the two. The drumming of Lucas Billon alternately locks in with the guitars to power forward the band’s groove, or playing across and under the riffs in flurries of dead-accurate double kick. Surprisingly, bassist Marc Muller is not lost in the mix. Instead, his bass brings a new element to the style.

The songwriting too, is in top form. Presenting a slower, more epic version of the established Djent formula, “Hybridism” weaves to and from, meandering through various sections and moods towards its inevitable climax and finale. The moody build-ups at times almost bring to mind the vintage work of post-rock moguls Sigur Ros.

This EP shows a lot of promise from a band on the brink of extraordinary things, all wrapped up with epic songwriting tendencies and a great deal of talent. “Hybridism” is a truly promising release, and if the band continues to hone their style, they will no doubt become one of the genre’s most defining bands.

Get the EP from Bandcamp.