Red Harvest
HyBreed


4.0
excellent

Review

by Jeremy Wolfers USER (74 Reviews)
March 7th, 2015 | 14 replies


Release Date: 1996 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Undoubtedly Red Harvest's slowest burning work, HyBreed also happens to be one of their best.

Red Harvest's style of industrial metal is unlike that of Fear Factory or Strapping Young Lad; diverse and more death metal-ish than the former and less explosive than the latter. Perhaps best shown on their sophomore effort, There's Beauty in the Purity of Sadness, and Sick Transit Gloria Mundi, the band achieves a darker, but also more melodic sound that characterizes their otherwise very aggressive death metal riffs. HyBreed is perhaps an anomaly in regard to the band's overall sound, however.

HyBreed largely plays down the death metal aspects found on their other records. Instead, it draws upon the post-punk influences of earlier industrial acts and focuses on atmospheric, slow, spacious pieces, not wholely removed from the work of Devin Townsend in his non-Strapping projects. The tracks lack much in the way of typical song structure, instead progressing from an initial motif for a whole song: even the album's faster tracks, like Monumental, tend to be restrained in terms of launching into several different riffs, with at most 3 or 4 within each, mostly consisting of wide chords. This lends the album a fairly basic, flowing sound, but also gives the arrangements far more opportunity to breath, showing that industrial doesn't necessary have to be claustrophobic.

There are exceptions to this dotted about. Mutant appears early in the album, and with an off kilter palm muted riff it's one of the more chilling tracks. The Harder They Fall's heavy, stop-start riffs and forceful vocal lines likewise distance it from the comparatively tranquil remainder of the album; the opener, Mazturnation also possesses this quality, and is an album highlight as a result of that along with its darker keyboard melodies. These tracks help to prevent the otherwise quite slow remainder of the album from becoming tiresome, and instead the album as a whole is considerably more dynamic for it. This alternation between atmospheric, slow burning tracks like the closing track The Burning Wheel and more aggressive ones like The Harder They Fall overall results in an extremely strong pace to the album.

HyBreed's overall less heavy sound results in it being in some ways Red Harvest's most accessible album, but with heaps of depth, with layers upon layers of subtle leads and samples guaranteeing high replay-ability. Monumental indeed, HyBreed succeeds in presenting a truly massive, but not overwhelming form of industrial.

4.2/5



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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
March 7th 2015


7467 Comments


Good review, pos, and at last a new review for this band.

There's Beauty in the Purity of Sadness was merely a precursor for greater music to come.

I have to check this one, as Cold Dark Matter, Sic Transit Gloria Mundi and Internal Punishment Programs are massive albums.

Madbutcher3
March 7th 2015


1748 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Those albums tend to be a bit more, well, mechanical to my ears, but not in as a good a way as this. Cold Dark Matter is definitely very strong though and STGM and IPP are obviously really good, just not in the same way.

Madbutcher3
March 7th 2015


1748 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The Burning Wheel - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRtNN6VvncA

Monumental - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w7i8gtlAKX8

Mazturnation - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VC5oUNv4et4

Underwater - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHGCBz39Ue8

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
March 7th 2015


7467 Comments


Those albums tend to be a bit more, well, mechanical to my ears

That's precisely the point ;) and I love them for that.

Madbutcher3
March 7th 2015


1748 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I dunno man, the production is just kinda... ugh. I often think they'd be better with a more Fear Factory esque production because the sound is considerably more crowded than is suitable for the sound they go for. The songs are killer though.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
March 7th 2015


7467 Comments


I like the muddy sound of most Red Harvest albums, it makes the albums more "menacing".

Sic Transit Gloria Mundi is an industrial metal goliath because of its sound as well.

That said, I'm not a huge fan of the sterilized approach adopted in the last two Fear Factory albums in terms of production.

They need to dirty the latter.

Madbutcher3
March 7th 2015


1748 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I was thinking something more like Demanufacture than anything.

manosg
Staff Reviewer
March 7th 2015


10370 Comments


I had this one on my list of albums to check so thanks for reviewing.

Nice write up, pos.

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JasonCarne
March 8th 2015


810 Comments


I've been trying to find this record for a while now, I had it like a decade ago on CD but I don't know what happened to it over the years. I used to love these guys, I remember I bought Sic Transit... on CD on a whim because the artwork was cool and they became the first and one of the only industrial groups I've ever really enjoyed.

MattTD
March 8th 2015


665 Comments


Jeremy when you reviewing grimy hip hop so you can be more like Anthony Fantano

Madbutcher3
March 10th 2015


1748 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Maybe later m8

AcidCaravan
June 12th 2015


372 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Their darkest one. My favorite from Red Harvest along with "Cold Dark Matter". I think "Hybreed" stands as one of my favorite records of the whole 90s. Criminally underrated band. Saw 'em play live back in '94 circa and they've blown my brains out. "There's beauty..." was a great record too, imo.

Flugmorph
February 8th 2016


16267 Comments


did somone said neurosis on the second track?

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Flugmorph
February 8th 2016


16267 Comments


funny how much that track sounds like them.



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