Hacride – Lazarus
2009 Listenable Records
French experi-metalists Hacride explore the distances on their 2nd full length, Lazarus, and the band has really made a masterpiece. I’ve got to say that France has been kicking a lot of ass in metal lately, with the rise of giants such as Gojira, Eryn Non Dae, Hypno5e, Gorod, and of course, Hacride. Call it the Gojira effect or not, but keep in mind each band still holds elements of their own. The country shows no sign of slowing down. Like much of the French metal scene, Hacride has begun their roots in a brutal and progressive wake, inspired by the low-ended extreme metal tones of Meshuggah: obscure structures, and sprinkles of experimentation. A unique way to go about it indeed, but now France has found its evolution once more, where all the bands have taken on a more personal, mature, and epic feeling. Lazarus is Hacride finding their identity, and the sounds they unleash give an incredible experience.
“My Enemy” is a complex song, but the meaning of complexity moreso refers to the rich details, hearty experimentation, and strong structures (structures that still may have some obscurity to them). When Hacride decides to get brutal, they can be as brutal as anyone. The textures are rich in this one, which a big part is aided by the production (which Hacride self-produced). This is one of those albums you have to let grow on you.
Songs such as “Act Of God” unleash monstrous intros, which then lead into the unique world of Hacride. Then you have that ambience which strikes the listener’s conscious like the mid-section in “Phenomenon,” which blends in brilliantly with the song’s other side of extremity. There’s an epic song right there for ya! Influentially, a big Tool influence is evident, even considering the length of certain songs on Lazarus. Meshuggah still plays a big part in Hacride’s approach, but that influence is less evident this time around.
Hacride has risen big with Lazarus, and they are a very nice fit indeed on Listenable Records' amazing roster. Lazarus adds some much needed creativity into metal, into progression, and into art. I’m excited to hear what Hacride comes up with next, because as creative as they are, you almost aren’t going to know what to expect, except for something special.
Tuesday, September 01, 2009
Hacride – Lazarus