Hibria the Brazilian power metal group who took off impressively with their debut Defying The Rules and its follow up have now recorded their fourth studio album Silent Revenge. I have been meaning to acquire a copy of 2011's Blind Ride their last album so I can't rate that one, though I do remember reading that the band didn't sound quite the same style wise going even heavier and with a more modern feel than that classic Euro-power metal combination. Which the thought of didn't really excite me as much when I enjoyed the direction of their first two so much. Hibria did also release a live DVD/album Blinded By Tokyo – Live In Japan in 2012 and like many other metal groups Hibria have also enjoyed a strong following in the "Land of the Rising Sun".
So my Hibria experience is restricted to those early releases which were excellent vigorous metal recordings and Hibria received a great deal of encouraging feedback regarding these, though Blind Ride had a more divided effect. I do wonder if this may once again be the case with Silent Revenge, if fans want a return to their debut then this isn't it. Silent Revenge doesn't recapture that which drew me to this band originally with their debut Defying The Rules but really I just need to move on and can still revisit that album anytime and the following The Skull Collector if that's what I want to hear. That US style of hefty power metal has continued to appeal to many bands and Hibria have taken it onboard and adapted their style accordingly.
Hibria are one of the more able group that still like to crank up the pace and as in the past potent vocalist Irui Sanson sounds so good. He still hits the high ones regularly like on one of my favorites "The Scream Of An Angel" and his distinct impressive vocals are the main component that distinguishes Hibria from other similar groups in this heavier direction the band are now heading. "Deadly Revenge" is fine combination of different tempos and Hibria's powerful metal and on the whole Silent Revenge shows the band have put in a great deal of effort, another winner is "The Way It Is" and where the solo section is so cool showing their musical versatility.
Silent Revenge is a good album by Hibria, and maybe like other Brazilian bands before them Hibria will one day be regarded as a significant contributor to metal music.
1. Silent Revenge
2. Lonely Fight
3. Deadly Vengeance
4. Walking To Death
5. Silence Will Make You Suffer
6. Shall I Keep On Burning
7. The Place That You Belong
8. The Scream Of An Angel
9. The Way It Is