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HACRIDE formed in Poitiers,France in 2001.The band consists of members Adrien Grousset (guitars),Olivier Laffond (drums),Benoist Danneville (bass) and Samuel Bourreau (vocals) and their music is a nice blend of tech/extreme prog metal,death and thrash.

In 2003 HACRIDE independently released a 3 song demo titled "Cyanide Echoes".The band then signed on to Listenable Records and released their first full-length album "Deviant Current Signals",which was critically acclaimed,in 2005.

A full year was spent writing for their sophomore effort,and then HACRIDE spent a grueling 4 months in the studio.The result was "Amoeba",released in 2007.An album which is at the same time progressive,extreme & open minded,"Amoeba" features powerful vocals,excellent production,intricate polyrhythms and chunky riffing.

HACRIDE'S music,for point of reference,is similar to their countrymen GOJIRA and they are highly recommended.

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3.08 | 6 ratings
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2.58 | 12 ratings
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3.19 | 8 ratings
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 Back to where you've never been by HACRIDE album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.19 | 8 ratings

Back to where you've never been
Hacride Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by UMUR
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars "Back to Where You've Never Been" is the 4th full-length studio album by French progressive extreme metal act Hacride. The album was released through Indie Recordings in April 2013. The bandīs last album "Lazarus" was released in 2009, so Hacride are not the most fast working band around.

There is however an attention to detail on "Back to Where You've Never Been", that could explain the relatively long break between albums. The music on the album is groove laden progressive extreme metal featuring hardcore shouting vocals and occasionally also clean vocals. The rythms are heavy, the riffs sharp and futuristic sounding synths/keyboards are omnipresent. The tracks are not overtly complex in structure, but they often break out of the vers/chorus formula, and there is a progressive spirit present at all times.

The album is well produced and the band are well playing, so all in all "Back to Where You've Never Been" is a quality release. Iīm not sure I think the bandīs sound is that original, and they donīt really reach the songwriting heights of contemporaries like Gojira or Outcast, but "Back to Where You've Never Been" is still both an enjoyable and entertaining release if you enjoy acts like the two above mentioned and also a band like Textures, which Iīm also reminded of. A 3.5 star (70%) rating is warranted.

 Lazarus by HACRIDE album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.93 | 17 ratings

Hacride Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by FarBeyondProg

4 stars A band that could be said in the same breath as Meshuggah and Gojira (they share the same homeland as Gojira) Hacride is another powerful heavy force to be reckoned with,only i think they add a lot more atmosphere and feature a lot more polyrythems than said band (Gojira). We open this fantastic album off in style, a 14 minute epic TO WALK AMONG THEM i love the multi layered accoustics and awsome riffing by the guitar player of this band, the only thing im not too keen on is the vocalist Samuel Borreau, in my opinion his vocals just arint that strong and he kinda lets the band down at times but apart from that the song is fantastic, other great songs include the title track LAZARUS, A WORLD OF LIES and the losing track MY ENEMY, all in all a very solid effort from this French band and a fine add to any metal fans cd collection;

To Walk Among Them - 10/10 Act Of God - 9/10 Lazarus - 9/10 Phenomenon- 8/10 A World Of Lies - 10/10 Awakening - 8/10 My Enemy - 10/10

MY CONCLUSION? a very worthy release perfect for fans of any type of metal, high recomendation :)

 Amoeba by HACRIDE album cover Studio Album, 2007
2.58 | 12 ratings

Hacride Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Conor Fynes
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2 stars 'Amoeba' - Hacride (5/10)

Generally, a two star rated album would be rated as such due to it's general mediocrity and uninspiring nature. A two star album usually does not have 'great moments' or anything like that. Having said that, 'Amoeba' can be considered a two star album with honours. There's certainly nothing you haven't heard here; this is just progressive death metal at it's heart. Alot of the songs are pretty listenable, and some are even great. I'll have to save the reason as to why I can only rate the album so low for later, but when you consider that with a little tweaking, 'Amoeba' could have been a whole lot better and listenable.

As I say, the majority of the album is pretty solid in fact. The closing track 'On The Threshold Of Death' and the beginner 'Perturbance' are both great songs. The finale of 'Threshold' is a superb, djinty riff and it builds up extremely well before going into an intelligent climax. 'Perturbance' opens the album with a smooth but aptly foreboding acoustic segment before literally exploding onto the soundscape; guitar fury, strange time signatures, percussive destruction and extreme growls typical of the genre. The next two songs also keep the streak of quality going. So.. why is this album rating so suprisingly low? Well suffice to say, the greatest fun is yet to come!

After the third track trails out, an acoustic intro much like the one that opened the album starts playing, and I get excited that this must be another great song. Before long however, the real kicker sets in... As to why Hacride decided to collaborate with a Spanish hip-hop act, I will never know. What results is one of the worst, most annoying tracks I have ever heard. Just imagine a decent, albeit unoriginal progressive death metal album with something that can only be described as the hispanic equivalent of Crazy Frog thrown into the middle. For the sake of being suprising, it certainly worked, but I will still never know why Hacride decided to ruin their album by hiring some women to babble incessantly over their mix and create the single only case in my entire music library where I can't help but press the 'skip' button anytime it rolls around. While it's only one song, it sabotages every semblance of flow or cohesion the album might have had. Much like a bridge, one hole in the album's resolve seems to have made it useless.

Hopefully somewhere in a parellel dimension, Hacride would sooner throw Ojos De Brujos off a remarkably tall bridge before letting them touch their mix. I love it when bands throw unexpected genres into metal, but it really, really does not work here. It might sound strange that I am attributing most of the flaws of the album to a single song, but if you don't believe me, go spend some money and buy the album. If you're anything like me, you'll be as dissapointed as I was.

 Lazarus by HACRIDE album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.93 | 17 ratings

Hacride Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by mono

4 stars 3.75. Hacride's Lazarus: solid, powerful, complex, intense. But not groundbreaking, the fifth star being for "originality", even if the album is far from being dull or déjā-vu.

Onto the music. The music generally is progressive death metal. Clean and growling vocals (French accent still audible :) ), effiscient drumming, quiet bass, and great guitars, although they sometimes drastically lose thickness (so bass and drums are turned up to compensate...). The riffs are curshing and punch right out, but what follows isn't always brought up correctly... Some superb moods during the album, you simply get carried through. Variations of ambiances and sounds, mixing soft and hard sound.

'To Walk Among Them' is the giant that serves as an opener. Clocking in at 15min, it gives you directly what you need to know for the rest of the album. Construction, uncountable riffs, complexe but coherent, even if it's quite linear. 'Act Of God' is your metal second track. After you've taken in 15minutes of violence this track is the small pill (6:44...) with the big effect. Kicking in with a headbang, and then heading right into the pit of deathcore hell. And a nice ending theme. 'Lazarus' is a well constructed progressive track. Heavily influenced by Meshuggah, the song is a crafting of moods that carry the "brutality" through the track. 'Phenomenon' is the shortest on the album and weirdly, is song with the longest 'clean' passage (2:03). A mellow metal song, that gets a bit boring. 'A World Of Lies' continues the work of started with tracks 1 and 3, plus great vocals, and some more original riffs. A good surprise at this stage of the album! 'Awakening' is closer to the likes of Nemo, Dream Theater or The Mars Volta, for the first 3 minutes, and returning to a more 'death' sound afterwards. The ending sort of blends these 2 parts, in a quite enjoyable way. I didn't like the quirky bass work 6:50... 'My Enemy' completes the album showing us that Hacride chose to interlace 'week' and 'strong' tracks. It's a bit rawer at the beginning, close to Mastodon. but giving in to a fine progression of a variety of moods and riffs, and ending weirdly on a chorus V 7 chord. Why not...

Still a great album, enjoyable, crushing, and sometimes suprising.

 Lazarus by HACRIDE album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.93 | 17 ratings

Hacride Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by HobblingFool

4 stars There is some fantastic stuff here from an up and coming French metal band. Nothing groundbreaking but a damn sight better than most, good solid songs with room to breathe and progress. If you like heavy progressive music then this will put a big smile on your face; like and energetic "Gojira" or a chilled out "Between the Buried and Me".

Track 1 'To Walk Among Them' is probably the most impressive on the album running at a delightful 15 minutes with a great deal of movement and variation, almost an albums worth of ideas in itself. The album continues at a high quality with high energy. Track 4 'Phenomenon' arrives as a welcome breathing point, a very chilled instrumental which begs to be turned up; its greatness is due to is simplicity. The remaining songs are varied and excellent and round off the experience nicely.

The world of music is a better place because of bands like Hacride, the music is honest and the emotions shine through as real ones when many other progressive metal bands sound as raw and natural as tupperware. It's not perfect and won't be for everyone but if this is a sign of things to come then I can't wait for their next album. France is leading the way with heavy progressive music.

 Deviant Current Signal by HACRIDE album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.08 | 6 ratings

Deviant Current Signal
Hacride Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by UMUR
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars "Deviant Current Signal" is the debut full-length studio album by French technical extreme metal act Hacride. The album was released through Listenable Records in 2005.

The music on "Deviant Current Signal" is technically well played thrashy and groove based metal. I count artists like Meshuggah, Gojira, Strapping Young Lad, Soilwork and Pantera among the influences. The album features eight tracks. Six of the tracks are new studio recordings but the last two tracks on the album are demo tracks. Probably included to boost the total playing time beyond the 30 minute mark. Well that was my first thought, but the quality of the demo tracks are actually pretty high.

The music is guitar riff driven but itīs also dominated by the raw shouting vocals by Samuel Bourreau (which somewhat reminds me of Phil Anselmo from Pantera without ever reaching the same intensity level though). The rythm section plays tight and varied. Songs like the energetic opener " Human Monster" and the more mid-paced "Typo" are high quality tracks. But thatīs the general picture of the material on the album.

The musicianship is solid. In addition to the "regular" rock/metal instrumentation of guitars, bass and drums, "Deviant Current Signal" also features the occasional use of synths as atmosphere enhancers.

The sound production is decent and suits the music well.

"Deviant Current Signal" doesnīt quite reach the excellence of the best albums by contemporaries like Meshuggah, Gojira, Strapping Young Lad, but less is sometimes enough and overall the album comes off as professionally produced, well played and relatively well written too. A 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

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