Hypno5e
Acid Mist Tomorrow


3.5
great

Review

by Scott Krasman USER (31 Reviews)
March 6th, 2012 | 54 replies | 5,908 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An admirably ambitious album that ultimately falls short of its goal.

4 of 5 thought this review was well written

There is a fine line between being creative and taking things a little too far. Some bands, such as Kayo Dot, have made long careers out of brilliant deviations from the norm. The difference between successful avant-garde bands and failed creations is the ability to stay within the boundaries of coherence. Being unique is a very good thing, especially in a modern-day society that is full of copycats and similar sounds. Newcomers, however, tend to try to be too unique in order to stand out in a crowd of other hopeful bands. Still, there are some up-and-coming groups that are starting to find their own creative niches. The four-piece French group Hypno5e are among the most promising, with their debut album Des Deux l’une Est l’autre garnering a respectable amount of praise from the underground music community. Though their anticipated follow-up Acid Mist Tomorrow doesn’t live up to the hype created by its predecessor, it’s still a solid album that shows a considerable amount of potential for the band going forward.

I liken the music to being a combination of Kayo Dot and Gojira. Though the idea of combining those two styles may sound completely unfocused, Hypno5e do an impressive job of avoiding ridiculously chaotic song structures. The musicianship is excellent and there are moments of sheer brilliance in the nine tracks, such as the ear-splitting introduction to “Story Of The Eye” and the middle section of the title track. Some of the more experimental sections can be slightly off-putting, especially the all-French monologues that are impossible to understand unless the listener is fluent in the language. Thankfully, these do not take away from the rest of the album and only appear in short interludes. The harsh vocals are wonderfully utilized, appearing in the background of the mix so as not to dominate the rest of the music. Unfortunately, the clean vocals are slightly overdone and don’t measure up to the harsh vocals at all. While the production is relatively clear, the bass is almost non-existent and that sometimes makes it a chore to keep up with the transitions.

Some of the moments with the most potential are weakened because of the band’s tendency to drag out certain lesser parts longer than necessary. This issue will likely sort itself out as the members mature and continue to experiment with different ideas. I appreciate the ambitiousness of albums like Acid Mist Tomorrow, as they display a level of creativity that many bands just don’t have. There are just too many sections that don’t end up going anywhere, leaving a lot to be desired at the record’s conclusion. The reason that bands like Kayo Dot are so successful is that the amount of filler is far outweighed by the phenomenal pieces. Hypno5e will hopefully continue to grow and focus on condensing their future material, because they’ve got a lot of promise. It’s just a matter of delivering what they’re capable of producing.



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Scoot
March 5th 2012



17733 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

pretty cool album

Scoot
March 5th 2012



17733 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

sweet troll neg

greg84
Staff Reviewer
March 6th 2012



7364 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review, but I've got some minor issues.

I totally don't understand the 1st sentence of the 2nd paragraph. It reads awkwardly. Make it clearer.

Also, in the 2nd sentence: can an idea be unfocused? Change it to 'ridiculous' or 'outlandish'.

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Willie
Moderator
March 30th 2012



15914 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This fucking rocks. Love it.

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snewso
April 1st 2012



107 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I like this pretty well. It's weird enough to be good. Heard about this group from The Ocean's facebook feed.

TheFantasticDangler
April 17th 2012



1154 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Wow, this is sounding fucking sexy and I'm only three tracks in

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Willie
Moderator
April 17th 2012



15914 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It kicks ass.

TheFantasticDangler
April 17th 2012



1154 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Yeah I finished the album, consistently awesome. Only complaint is that the song writing is pretty....absent... haha

Willie
Moderator
April 17th 2012



15914 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

What do you mean? You mean it just kind of moves forward without ever really having direction? I noticed that too, but I like it (it grows on you after you listen a few times and learn the music's 'path').

TheFantasticDangler
April 17th 2012



1154 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Yeah, exactly that. Its the way I write songs too, but when I write the last riff, I'm always like, "Did this song actually go anywhere? Did I just sort of string the song along with no particular direction, or is it just full of logical and suiting transitions?". And definitely once I listen to it a few more times and get an understanding of the song structures itll be better, it was really just a tiny complaint, even nitpicking in the first place.

I was so overwhelmed on first listen, I really hate I have to cram for a bio exam in the morning.

Yazz_Flute
April 17th 2012



18770 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I thought this got a lot better as it progressed.

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Scoot
April 19th 2012



17733 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

not as good but still enjoyable

Emim
April 19th 2012



26618 Comments


Yeah don't listen to him, it's still really good

Yazz_Flute
May 2nd 2012



18770 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is probably my AOTY so far, even if the band's name is retarded.

Scoot
May 2nd 2012



17733 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah it's pretty good, would be a 4 if not for those spoken word parts

Evreaia
May 2nd 2012



4018 Comments


"This is probably my AOTY so far, even if the band's name is retarded."

I'm feeling the same. Though the name doesn't really bothers me.

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snewso
May 4th 2012



107 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

this is what those other ambient djent bands such as vildhjarta wish they were.

TheFantasticDangler
May 4th 2012



1154 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

wouldnt call this djent... at all

TheFantasticDangler
May 4th 2012



1154 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

could be it


Evreaia
May 4th 2012



4018 Comments


most likely



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