Instrumental djenters Hybridism have released their debut EP last week. The band brings a lot more to their sound than just being heavy. In the new era of metal where extended range guitars of 7+ strings tend to be of larger use to the younger crowd, a lot of those bands tend to have the same rhythms and ideas to an extent. I’m glad to report these guys are far from that. They’re artistic, melodic, and solid composers especially for a debut EP. I heard lots of great melodies paired with their dynamic rhythms, some more subtle than others that stuck out more. The fluent guitar is one big aspect that drew me in. All the licks man, all the licks. The feeling in the guitar leads is really worthy of repeating. Lots of players tend to get lost in speed and forget about putting emotion and mood into their guitar work.
Guitars – Jeffrey Wallace
Guitars – Alex Kpp
Bass Guitar – Mulli Mulles
Drums – Lucas Billon
The band’s empowering rhythm section really drives their sound. Jeff and Alex are stellar guitarists, but are lucky to have a stellar drummer and bassist to keep them on point. Hybridism has that laid back western USA Animals As Leaders vibe, which isn’t a bad thing by any means. If you aren’t really into the genre, try these guys out for size. They’re not your stereotypical djent metal band, and they’re instrumental to boot if you’re not one for an aggressive vocal set. They pack a lot of atmosphere into there sound, and a little bit of synth too. Hybridism has a fairly expansive sound, and brings that wall of sound directly to those ears of yours.
Hybridism is really a good band, and in my opinion is off to a great start in their short existence with their self titled debut EP. Check it out below and if you live within the realms of Belgium what is there to lose? Go check them out live!