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Studio Album, released in 2008

Songs / Tracks Listing

I. Ovum: Alienation (Tracks 1-3)
II. Larva: Narcotization (Tracks 4-5)
III. Chrysallis: Transformation (Track 6)
IV. Imago: Obliteration (Tracks 7-8)

1. Hundred Years Ocean (4:46)
2. Soul Prolapse (4:28)
3. Sleep of the Defeated (3:57)
4. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (4:14)
5. Sun Burnt (2:41)
6. Cocoon/Metamorphosis/Eclosion (3:48)
7. The Omega Swarm (3:54)
8. Ashes of Babylon (9:38)

Total Time 37:26

Line-up / Musicians

- Rafa Fernández / vocals
- Iván Durán / guitar
- Antonio Sánchez / guitar
- Chus Maestro / drums

Releases information

Released through Eyesofsound on the 8th of August 2008.

Recorded between June and July 2007 at Sadman Studio (One Last Word, Ictvs, Adrift) in Madrid by Carlos Santos and mastered by Alan Douches (Suffocation, Mastodon) at West West Side Music (NY). Artwork is courtesy of Seldon Hunt

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HYBRID The 8th Plague ratings distribution

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Review by UMUR
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4 stars "The 8th Plague" is the debut full-length studio album by Spanish experimental extreme metal act Hybrid. The album was recorded between June and July 2007 at Sadman Studio in Madrid by producer Carlos Santos and was released through Eyeofsound on the 8th of August 2008. The group´s debut release, the "Beyond Undeniable Entropy (2006)" MCD showed great promise but lacked originality and variation. Both issues have been taken care of on "The 8th Plague" which is an excellent debut full-length album by the band.

The music continues the style that was initiated on "Beyond Undeniable Entropy" which was a mix of styles like death metal/core, hardcore (breakdowns), mathcore, grindcore and contemporary thrash metal elements. This time around Hybrid have added some rather exotic elements to their sound though which means that there´s much more variation on "The 8th Plague" compared to "Beyond Undeniable Entropy". There are free jazz parts (with saxophone playing), a bossa nova part and the closing track, the 9:38 minutes long and slow paced "Ashes of Babylon" features a dark post metal atmosphere. The pace in most other tracks on the album is fast and almost frantic at times. The vocals are aggressive and raw shouts. There are no clean vocals on the album (except for a bit of talking). All tracks are of high compositional standard and the musicianship on the album is excellent. The production is professional and well sounding.

"The 8th Plague" is a very good debut album by Hybrid and if you´re interested in a different take on contemporary experimental extreme metal this might suit your taste. Prepare for relentless aggressive assault but add to the experience a high level of sophistication and variation. A 3.5 - 4 star rating is warranted.

Review by Andy Webb
1 stars No! No! No! Nooo!

Hybrid, another new hardcore technical death metal band, has tried to make a name for themselves in the death metal scene. In my opinion, they did not do so good a job. I'm not just a prog head who doesn't think death metal belongs on this website, Opeth and Meshuggah are two of my favorite bands. This band just doesn't cut it. At all. There really isn't much to say about any of this music. They even try to fit jazz fusion into Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, which doesn't work. The vocals are atrocious, even as death metal vocals go. The singer attempts to reach depths that he cannot reach. The one good thing is that you can actually hear changes in the guitarists' notes rather than just a mess of really low and distorted gravel. Technical? Sure. Progressive? Just barely. The album, in short, is not good.

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