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Vygr: Hypersleep

Hypersleep, the newest LP by Vygr (pronounced "Voyager"), is an abysmal record. An hour's worth of "music," it's a repetitive, brutal, unoriginal, ugly, and pointless excursion into thrash/sludge/doom metal. In fact, listening to this record is like listening to an escaped convict regurgitate repeatedly.

The quintet hails from Boston, MA and proudly combines the gloomy aesthetics of "Cult of Luna, Mare, and Neurosis with downtuned riffs reminiscent of Crowbar and Old Man Gloom." While Hypersleep is their first full length album, Vygr released a self-titled EP in 2008. If this new LP is the result of years of growing and perfecting, I can't imagine how awful their earlier material was.

In essence, Hypersleep is an emulation of the most barbaric side of Mastodon coupled with some spacey segues. Just about every song sounds like Blood Mountain's "The Wolf Is Loose," except that Vygr produce simplistic noise instead of brilliant frenzy and hypnotic riffs. Some of the transitions are interesting, and they do add some variety, but they only make up about 10% of the album. The remaining 90% is a total waste of time and energy.

Hypersleep is a mediocre album with almost no redeeming qualities. It contains nothing but genre clichés and shameless emulation. When the most interesting parts of an album are the moments between songs, you know there's a problem. Vygr haven't created anything new, and really, anyone interested in music like this should just listen to Mastodon's Blood Mountain and Crack the Skye. They're fantastic.

Track Listing
1. Solar
2. Flares
3. Orbital Hallucinations
4. Galactic Garbage
5. -
6. The Hidden
7. Shapeshifters
8. Unmoved Mover
9. Path to the Unknown
10. Event Horizon
11. We Drift
12. A Distant Beacon

Added: August 25th 2011
Reviewer: Jordan Blum
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Language: english

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