Sybreed
The Pulse of Awakening


2.5
average

Review

by jitteryzeitgeist USER (36 Reviews)
December 21st, 2010 | 20 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Disappointing follow-up to Antares.

Sybreed is a part of an endangered species: Industrial metal has been on a decline for quite a while, and the band themselves seem to be slipping from the genres grip with The Pulse of Awakening.

With previous releases, Sybreed had always positioned themselves somewhere on the outset of industrial, but not enough to separate themselves from it. Taking the bloopy parts and textured techno swirls from Celldweller and the more stompy groove sections of Fear Factory, along with the amazing session work from Soilwork's Dirk, Antares was an excellent (and welcome) entry into the sparse industrial metal landscape.

On the surface, everything people have known about Sybreed is present here. The off-time stop/start chug is here in spades, deftly evolving into smashmouth double-bass sections and spiraling melodic interludes, catchy bits and some truly tasty riffs, such as the ending to "Electronegative" which goes from an epileptic stutter-step double kick to a droning progressive structure, and the door-busting opener "Nomenklatura".

With the release of The Pulse of Awakening, Sybreed's sound has begun to separate like old sour cream: The industrial parts seem almost completely divorced from the metal parts, with token synths sometimes droning the root note in the background while the band pumps out its signature groove riffs. And when the industrial motif hits, the guitars seem either silent, or get post-processed into some sort of Ministry-ish purgatory, removing whatever teeth the crunchy riffs present.

Dirk Verbeuren's drumming on Antares is sorely, sorely missed on this follow-up. Their new drummer Kevin Choiral simply doesn't have the immense chops that Dirk showed off on this albums predecessor, and the music as a whole seems to suffer from it. I admit it may be a bit unfair to compare the two, but unfortunately Mr. Choiral stepped into the band knowing full well he had some big size 16's to fill.

And I can't blame all of the albums faults on the drummer, either: The writing here seems a bit lazier and less cohesive than was found on Antares all around, As a whole, The Pulse of Awakening is less a step forward, or even to the side, as it is a small stumble backwards as a band tries to find its footing with a new drummer. And the drumming position in Sybreed is not to be taken lightly: Much like their fathering band Fear Factory, the drumming is the heart, soul, and very core of the music as a whole, and the songs presented being written around the kit will only be as strong as the guy who is sitting behind said kit.

The singing... the clean singing... it's pretty bad. I mean, it sounds like Anders Friden choking on a ham. The singing has devolved over the three albums in Sybreed's catalog. It's bad. It's something you're either going to have to get used to, because the music just hits you where it counts, or you can drink water and drive on.

Personally, I'm driving on.



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Darkvoid67
December 21st 2010


383 Comments


"Its like Anders Friden choking on a ham" Fantastic line, I lol'd. Never understood all the flak the guy gets though. Good review, albums pretty forgetable

Irving
Staff Reviewer
December 21st 2010


7502 Comments


Solid review man. Have a pos.

BeardedIdiot
December 21st 2010


643 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Awesome review. Antares was awesome, pretty sad that this isn't as good.



FilthyBorgir
December 21st 2010


1334 Comments


I thought about looking into this band....... now I won't (pos).

jitteryzeitgeist
December 21st 2010


99 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Antares is a good album. I'd stick to that one.

bloc
December 21st 2010


54338 Comments


Couldn't agree more with your opinion, very nice.

Album did have some nice songs though, like Doomsday Party and a few others.

Digging: The Go! Team - Thunder, Lightning, Strike

East Hastings
December 21st 2010


4403 Comments


Sup bloc.

bloc
December 21st 2010


54338 Comments


East my man, haven't seen you in ages! How fitting that we would meet once more in a Sybreed thread.

East Hastings
December 21st 2010


4403 Comments


Indubitably. Band sucks even more now, huh? ;]

bloc
December 21st 2010


54338 Comments


Album isn't terrible, so I can forgive them. But I am doubting they will ever return to Antares-status.

East Hastings
December 21st 2010


4403 Comments


Awww. Bloc is sad.

Skhrnykhsk
January 18th 2011


48 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Not that good, but I like.

Darkwatch025
July 5th 2011


352 Comments


The Lucifer Effect is by far the best song on this album.

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
November 5th 2012


24655 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this is really disappointing after antares but theres some good stuff on here

XfingTheSullen
February 1st 2013


4362 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This album is no Antares, but it's real fun and catchy in its own way. I also found out that Love like blood was a cover, sweet song.

XfingTheSullen
February 1st 2013


4362 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

And I think GIAA is slightly worse than this album.

bloc
February 1st 2013


54338 Comments


I remember being so disappointed when this first came out because I was still high on Antares.

I still listen to Doomsday Party often, but the rest not so much.

cagedescending
February 1st 2013


4124 Comments


album puts me to sleep, Antares4lyfe

KILL
February 1st 2013


81233 Comments


u sybreed




LIKE RAAAAAAAATS

Space Jester
September 8th 2017


5768 Comments


I love all of Sybreed's work including this, really the only industrial-tinged metal band I can get behind



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