Review Summary: This album amazing. While a little one dimensional (its only flaw), it does not disapoint and will leave you wanting more.
Hibria’s Defying the Rules is one of the most overlooked metal albums of 2005. Hailing from Brazil, Hibria can possibly be the next poster child for speed metal. Their debut album is the perfect blend of melody and speed. It’s aggressive, but is very catchy and has you singing along from the second Steal Lord on Wheels kicks in. So put on a leather jacket, grab your helmet and start up that Harley as you get ready for a epic musical journey with Hibria’s Defying the Rules.
When one thinks of good power metal, one cannot under estimate the importance of the vocals. They have to be fast, melodic and epic. That is what this album is full of. The vocal work on the album is top notch and can be loved by any fan of metal. Unless you despise power metal, you will appreciate the vocals. They are great, not the best, but they fit the band perfectly. The only flaw with the vocals is that they are typically one dimensional; fast and powerful. But he excels at this and they are thoroughly enjoyable.
The musicianship of the band is superb and fits the mold of a typical speed metal band. While they suffer from the same thing as the vocals, being very one dimensional, it is done well and does not get old. The guitar work and drumming is fantastic (especially on the song Defying the Rules ) and the bass is good. It is just overshadowed at times by the guitars, drums and vocals which is a shame. When the bass is audible though, it is very catchy, technical, and creative. It really adds to the music. Even though the guitar work is fantastic, I find it difficult to separate the songs at times because of the similar tone, tempos and riffs. While the songs are different, they all share a common trait which makes the album flow as if it is one song. Some people like this, but I like a little more diversity. The songs are great at individuals, but as an album, this aspect holds it back.
All in all, if you are a fan of metal, especially power and speed metal check this album out. It is also is a great way to get into those sub-genre’s if you are unfamiliar with them. This album is definitely worth a listen and if you see it in your local store, it definitely worth buying. I give this album a 4.5 and I would give it a 5 if it was not so one dimensional. It is powerful and when it’s over, it will leave you wanting more. I know that once you hear this, you will feel the same way and will be waiting anxiously for their next release.
I love the entire cd, but my favorites are:
Steel Lord on Wheels
Defying the Rules
High Speed Breakout
Living Under Ice