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Hacride: Amoeba

Four-piece French metaller's, Hacride, have put out one of the best Metal/Hardcore CD's of 2007 with the release of their latest record, Amoeba. The bar has been set with this "Must Hear" CD. Power Progressive Metal has a new contender with this release for sure. A bit Meshuggah, a bit Fear Factory, a bit Old Iron Maiden makes one hell of a band. New listeners, pay attention!!

This 10 track basher to the head doesn't disappoint or let up from the opening note of CD opener, "Perturbed". Complicated, precise and wickedly off time, Hacride have a winner of a CD with no boundaries with Amoeba. Next up is the crusher, "Fate", which doesn't let up on the stranglehold that Hacride has on your throat. Don't let the acoustic opening fool you! With neo-flamenco overtones and super tight polyrhythm's through out Amoeba, it is easy to understand the more than a year it took to conceive this opus. It also took Hacride over 4 months in the studio to produce this hermetically solid record, complete with massive vocals, stellar drums & in your face guitars and bass. This is one of the CD's that just begs to be played L O U D.

Amoeba is without a dud of a track. All 10 songs show the talent that is within and of the future that these forerunners of a new style can have. The sheer brutal power that Hacride displays on Amoeba is unreal. Pick any of the 10 tracks as your example, for pure progressive, chunky riffing and complex structuring, Hacride can't be beat. Hacride is a new breed!

This is the metal CD that you are looking for of you want a pure Headbanging experience. You will find yourself listening to it again as soon as track number 10 finishes! Powerful, intricate, enormous, just a complete blitzkrieg of a record. If I there is anything wrong with this record, I couldn't find it.

Another band looking to take the metal world by the throat. Hacride have arrived and you'd better take notice!

Track Listing
1. Perturbed
2. Fate
3. Vision of Hate
4. Zambra
5. Liquid
6. Cycle
7. Deprived of Soul
8. Strength
9. Ultima Necat
10. On The Threshold Of Death

Added: April 6th 2007
Reviewer: Butch Jones
Related Link: Hacride Website
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Language: english

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Hacride: Amoeba
Posted by Pete Pardo, SoT Staff Writer on 2007-04-07 07:48:10
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Taking their cue from bands like Fear Factory and Meshuggah, France's Hacride have put together some impressive sounds here on Amoeba, an album that should ultimately turn out to be a real winner for Listenable Records. Filled with raging drum beats, complex guitar riffery, and layers of varied vocal styles, Amoeba take technical metal, hardcore, and even a little prog rock, throw it in a blender, and come out with some fresh sounds.

Despite the heaviness of this record, there's an underpinning of atmosphere and experimentation that really seeps through. Listen to the yearning chords and scores of emotional & extreme vocals on the opening cut "Pertrurbed" for a keen sense of this band's melodic nature. Of course, they come right back with the bombastic "Fate", a crushing piece with wild guitar riffs, insance lead fills, lethal vocal growls, and intricate rhythm patterns. Pinch harmonics fly all over the mix on "Vision of Hate", a song that has a strong Fear Factory feel, especially with the vocals, and "Zambra" is an interesting cover of the Ojos de Brujo song, complete with ethnic vocals and flamenco styles amidst all the brutal riffing. They revisit this "flamenco metal" style a few other times on the CD, and it would be interesting to hear more of this in the future. Other highlights include the monstrous & epic prog metal workouts "Cycle" and "On the Threshold of Death", two 7+ minute pieces that really take the band into crazed journeys of polyrhythms and odd time signatures. Another mini-epic, "Deprived of Soul", sees the band throwing in some symphonic & progressive elements, another fine example of the range of talent this band has.

Amoeba is a damn fine release from Hacride, and judging by the solid material here this is a band to seriously watch in the near future.

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