|Grindcore, Jazz, Technical Death Metal
May 14th, 2013
Release length: 34:27
Angst is a crisp, modern sounding assault dispersed over several tracks. “Flesh Fusion Threshold” finds the band pummeling you right away with a deep, bass driven, technical performance that sometimes treads off into brief Jazz territory with cleaner riffs. This sheds the grinding moments for varied Death Metal. At first its slow and trudging, creating a commanding, bludgeoning presence that gradually shifts into chaotic material with additional rhaspy shouts and clean bridges. This erratic approach is found on “Collapse to None” as well. Catchy two-stepping finds many shifts in simplicity and technical riffs, utilizing very short higher pitched leads to give it a bit of a Science-Fiction vibe. This atmosphere appears here and there, even during the enthusiastic breakdown towards the end that shifts into clean singing for a little while, followed by a catchy, and criminally shorty Thrash fueled assault.
“Enter the Void” shows a little more consistancy and restraint in the band. It remains a largely two-step Grindcore track with some sudden shifts in pace, changing from chugging to blastbeats. A complex riff in a bridge, or a latter Jazz passage met with lighter melodies and clean singing make up the most experimental elements of this song, but it does transition well, and moves into a lackluster one-chord breakdown to wrap things up. There’s also the instrumental “Cuando el Destino nos Alcance.” This starts with a bit of aggression, but quickly cuts to smoother Jazz pieces that are a bit airy, yet incredibly enjoyable. The music is catchy, and even becomes upbeat and hopeful after a little while. This solid performance bleeds into “Angst Ridden Inertia,” another solid track that features more rich material than others, and music that seems to have more of a method to the madness than just randomly changing speeds or styles to create a whiplash effect.
If you’re into the more experimental or highly technical side of Metal, Hybrid has you covered. Angst travels through aggressive, chaos fueled worlds, and even offers you random glimmers of hope with the random Jazz passages that appear during Death Metal and Grindcore beatdown they put you through. While this is a clearly digital and bass heavy release, it still could have benefitted from a somewhat deeper tuning on the guitars as well. But, with a mixture of insane technicality to fluid brutality, Angst is an album that was well worth the near five year wait.
01. Flesh Fusion Threshold – 4:46
02. Enter the Void – 5:19
03. Collapse to None – 4:57
04. Self-Implosion – 4:02
05. Cuando el Destino nos Alcance – 3:50
06. Angst-Ridden Inertia – 5:24
07. Doomed to Failure – 6:09
|Initial Pressing Score: 9/10