Distributor/label URL: Morning Star Heathens Music Group
Buy Album [URL]: https://www.mshmusicgroup.com/shop
Band Website: http://krepuskul.com/
Andu Anches – Bass, Vocals
Alex Tarocco – Drums
Marcel Rusu – Guitar, Vocals
Mario Ioanici – Guitar
- OCD (Let’s Start A War)
- Hybrid High Breed
- As Long As You See The Sky
- The Disciples
- The Limits Of Hate
- Under The Black Flag
- They Will Fall
- Awake 17
Hailing from the fabled Transylvania heartland, Krepuskul were brought into this world in 2007 pedalling the most metal of agendas to ‘wake you the fuck up!’, certainly today I need it! ‘Hybrid’ is the band’s third full-length incarnation, following up on 2010’s ‘Game Over’ and 2007’s ‘Umbre de vise’. Krepuskul pitches themselves as a band for fans of Sepultura, Machine Head, Lamb Of God and In Flames, I think that’s warranted and I’ll raise you a few Biohazard style gang vocal too.
‘OCD (Let’s Start A War)’ is a short opener with a synth interlude ramping into a no-holds-barred hardcore style punch in the face with “Let’s start a waaaaaaaaarrrrrr” expertly screamed out in a style akin to Randy Blythe (Lamb of God). Straight away you can hear a strong well-balanced mix, the drums are very accomplished with a snappy tight sound, the guitars are well driven, layered with a suitably crunchy controlled tone. The bass comes through pretty well also, which is something I criticise albums a lot on, just call me a bass-justice-warrior. This opening track gives you a good impression of what you’ll be getting here.
I don’t tend to like talking through a lot of tracks in reviews, but I’ll talk through ‘Hybrid High Breed’ as I see the first track as a more of a preface to the album. The track starts with a chest-thumping riff that sets you on a hard and heavy hitting metal-core’esque journey with an occasional vocal style that reminds me of Jukka Pelkonen (Omnium Gatherum). There’s a well-placed interlude mid-way through, bringing in some appreciated variation, featuring a nice bass run and some non-embarrassing clean vocals, which are on point and well harmonised. The guitars deliver a solid set of polished riffs throughout with highly approved spine-tingling artificial harmonics.
My stand-out track probably has to be ‘As Long As You See The Sky’ with some excellent guitar licks and memorable hooks, a great guitar featurette! The gang-vocal chants get you on board and I found myself genuinely caught up in the feeling. My only real criticism of this album is that it really flaunts itself as a love-letter to Lamb of God at times, but to its credit, it does a solid job and the comparison can also be justified as a compliment rather than a serious detractor.
Bottom-line; ‘Hybrid’ is a real heavy-weight in the melodic/metalcore arena (it’s a little narrow to label it exclusively in that genre, but it’s close enough). It’s expertly mixed and produced and from start to finish, it takes you on a satisfying mid-paced stomp-fest showcasing a very accomplished band and an album worthy of your coins.