Underworld, London, UK - 21/5
Acid Mist Tomorrow
Written by: MST on 31/05/2012 15:27:20
Having gone through a period filled with a mix of stress and lazyness, I've neglected my duty of reviewing music. For that I apologise, especially because the music I've been listening to during my month of absence really doesn't deserve such neglect. It is time that I introduce everyone to Hypno5e, a French band dabbling in what I would call experimental Gojira-inspired metalcore. "Acid Mist Tomorrow" is the band's sophomore album, having released their debut "Des Deux L'une Est L'autre" in 2007. You may already be familiar with the experimental parts of the music, because Hypno5e is the metal alter ego of A Backward Glance On A Travel Road whose self-titled debut was reviewed here in 2009 to praise aplenty.
On "Acid Mist Tomorrow", Hypno5e mix that incredible post rock/art rock of "A Backward Glance.. " with semi-screamed vocals on top of melodic riffs found in most metalcore bands, and sections of faster and bass-heavy metal similar to their countrymen in Gojira. Metalcore is a genre that I usually despise, and the reason is often that I find it all so similarly boring. Hypno5e are different though, and in every possible meaning of the word. What we have here is a band who refuse to sound like everything else and have succeded in carving out a niche of their own in the world of music. During the course of the album, several samples from movies and poetry, in English and French, accompany acoustic guitars, keyboards and background ambiance to create truly haunting soundscapes that either close a song on a somber note or lead it into a violent section of chaotic heavy guitars and vocals screaming in despair. Fans of "A Backward Glance.." will be pleased to know that the clean vocals from the post rock project are also present on "Acid Mist Tomorrow", and like everything else they're perfectly mixed in sections of acoustic guitars, keyboards and ambiance and are even heard among heavier instrumentation once in a while.
But while all the separate parts of the album are well done, it's the composition of the songs that make "Acid Mist Tomorrow" such a great album. Take "Gehenne (Part III)" for instance: it opens following part II, with screamed vocals and heavy instrumentation for a mere 10 seconds before it slows down. Then, acoustic guitars and ambiance gives you room to breathe before a spoken word sample of the 228th chorus of Jack Kerouac's Mexico City Blues leads the listener into a world of dreams along with the beautiful acoustic guitars. After the sample, Jessua's clean vocals lead the song for a while before all hell breaks loose and the song continues with heavy guitars and screams.
"Acid Mist Tomorrow" is an extremely rewarding album for those who are willing to discover all the little details and the fantastic compositions that Hypno5e have brewed into this little concoction. "Acid Mist Tomorrow" is an excellent album that, while not being groundbreaking like "A Backward Glance.." was in 2009, provides a truly mezmerising musical experience for those willing to look beneath the enormous puddle of bands doing exactly the same in today's music scene, and find the gems popping up here and there.
Download: Acid Mist Tomorrow, Six Fingers In One Hand She Holds The Dawn (Part II), Story Of The Eye, Gehenne (Part III)
For The Fans Of: 50 % A Backward Glance On A Travel Road, 50 % Gojira-inspired metalcore
Release date 24.02.2012
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