Hypno5e
Shores of the Abstract Line


4.0
excellent

Review

by Trey STAFF
February 19th, 2016 | 87 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Shores of the Abstract Line is a sprawling behemoth of an album that requires attention and multiple listens to truly appreciate, but it is worth the effort.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Hypno5e’s previous release, Acid Mist Tomorrow, didn’t make quite the impact that it could have. Despite some really cool songs, the album required some serious commitment from the listener. Between the bass-driven mellow sections and Djent-filled heavier parts was an album prone to meandering ambience and frequent all-French monologues. Additionally, Acid Mist Tomorrow didn’t really concern itself with things like instant melodies or hooky vocals; it expected you to listen multiple times until it all finally clicked. The problem was there were simply too many dead sections to get through, and it made initial listens slightly unappealing. The end result was an album that probably never received the repetition required to make an impact. Shores of the Abstract Line is also going to require multiple listens, but the difference is the repetition is going to be enjoyable.

Instead of long sections of aimless ambience, the band’s quieter moments are now filled with the kind melodic qualities that modern-day Cynic uses in abundance. They’re full of clean guitar melodies, synth undercurrents and emotive layered vocals. Every song makes use of this sound, but ‘V. Central Shore – Tio’ makes the mellow melodicism its central theme, and is easily able to convey the emotion despite being entirely in Spanish. It also makes use of spoken word samples (or monologues), but they actually help the song instead of hindering it. In general, Hypno5e have throttled back on the frequent monologues that plagued the previous release, and only really use them when it helps to move the music forward. The improved quieter moments are the single biggest reason Shores of the Abstract Line succeeds while Acid Mist Tomorrow stumbled, and it’s the reason this album will probably get the repeated listens it deserves.

Hypno5e didn’t just focus on the mellow sections, though; they also expanded on the heavy parts of their music. In the past, it sometimes felt like the band relied too heavily on Djent to push the heavy sections, but not anymore. While the rhythmic wall of guitars is still alive and well on Shores of the Abstract Line, they’re now integrated with a melodic edge and delivered in more interesting progressive arrangements. So, instead of an album full of heavy parts that all basically sound the same, each song goes through movements that can include rhythmic Djent, angular progressive riffing, high-tempo outbursts and melodic ambience. This, of course, is most prevalent on the three longest tracks that range from 10-15 minutes in length, but just about every song goes through at least a few transitions before concluding.

Like its predecessors, Shores of the Abstract Line is a sprawling behemoth of an album that requires attention and multiple listens to truly appreciate. Unlike its predecessors, though, the work is enjoyable and never feels tedious. The mellow sections that often derailed songs on the previous releases have taken on a more focused direction thanks to less spoken word parts combined with stronger melodies from both the instruments and the vocals. The heavier sections, too, have improved immensely thanks to a wider variety of influences and tempos. Shores of the Abstract Line finally delivers on the potential previous Hypno5e albums only hinted at. The mellow sections are poignant and compelling while the heavier sections pummel the listener with more nuances than ever before.



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Willie
Moderator
February 19th 2016


18935 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Stream Here:



http://www.sputnikmusic.com/news/35651/Hypno5e-stream-new-album/

Digging: At the Gates - The Nightmare of Being

ZippaThaRippa
February 19th 2016


10630 Comments


Has nobody listened to Des Deux?

Willie
Moderator
February 19th 2016


18935 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Not in a long time. Why?



Edit: Listening to it right now. About 3 minutes into the first song. The vocals have definitely improved, but it seems to be more diverse than Acid Mist.

TheSpirit
February 19th 2016


27903 Comments


Great review Willie, it's nice to see you back at it again. This doesn't really sound like my thing, but you've convinced me to give it a shot.

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ZippaThaRippa
February 19th 2016


10630 Comments


Just seems that most people solely refer to Acid Mist as if it were their only other album.

Rastapunk
February 19th 2016


1384 Comments


Damn a review of this band! Never thought they were known here!

KingdomOfTyrant
February 19th 2016


761 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

damn this is amazing.

Willie
Moderator
February 19th 2016


18935 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

--Just seems that most people solely refer to Acid Mist as if it were their only other album.--



Probably because it was their most recent release and, most likely, their introduction to the band



--Great review Willie, it's nice to see you back at it again. This doesn't really sound like my thing, but you've convinced me to give it a shot. --



Well, let me know what you think.

Space Jester
February 20th 2016


9434 Comments


Does this djent really hard? Because if so I doubt I'll be able to dig it. Everything else sounds rad though.

ZippaThaRippa
February 20th 2016


10630 Comments


With the cleaner sound that they have developed, they have unfortunately become a bit djenty. But back on their first album, they were pretty raw. Their bassist in particular had absolutely no self control. Really great sound to the album, in particular when you're in the car

Willie
Moderator
February 20th 2016


18935 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I wouldn't say this is Djent. It can hit that sound from time-to-time, but there's a lot more to it.

Space Jester
February 20th 2016


9434 Comments


I'll give it a go then!

Hawks
February 20th 2016


74830 Comments


Gotta jam this.

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Asdfp277
February 20th 2016


23366 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this might as well be djent, why not



the thing is, this is actually well-done. don't expect djunz, expect well-crafted songs

Space Jester
February 20th 2016


9434 Comments


I think I can get behind that.

Asdfp277
February 20th 2016


23366 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

swee~

wwf
February 20th 2016


7021 Comments


oh man this is supposed to be great?

I haven't listened to good prog metal in what feels like ages

Asdfp277
February 20th 2016


23366 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

surprised to hear spanish in this lol

CynicalComplex
February 20th 2016


115 Comments


I'll take a listen.

dbilidb
February 20th 2016


125 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah new Hypno5e.



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