Progressive/Industrial Death Metal
Poland’s Hyperial came across as quite a surprise after the constant bombardment of brutal black and death metal originating from these lands. Industry is the band’s brand new EP, the follow up to their 2010 debut full length album, Sceptical Vision. The artwork does little to give away the surprise that Hyperial has hidden on this EP, yet manages to compel one to find out more about the band’s music.
Of Concrete and Ash Age opens the EP, and the listener is immediately exposed to a barrage of brutal riffs of guitarists Kula and Grochu and the drumming of Bocian, with the keys of Aneta providing some ambient at the background, giving the music of Hyperial a somewhat industrial/electronic feel to the music. It is not surprising if one brings about comparisons to such bands as The Project Hate, not only with the modern production quality on Industry, but also with the musical style of the band, seamlessly fusing the brutality of death metal and the atmosphere at the background. The keys are also vital in the album in being the instrument that aids in the smooth transition between tracks, ensuring that Hyperial is one seamless listen.
As though things weren’t exciting enough on the EP, the tracks on Industry all display a certain level of technicality. For instance, the riffs that are unleashed are often complex, and are technically challenging especially in the picking patterns on most of the tracks. The Polish death metal influences also seep in at times, with the riffs on tracks like Toxic Secretion of Being at times bearing an uncanny resemblance to what bands like Behemoth would produce. Drummer Bocian’s performance on the EP is also stellar, and the ability of him and the guitarists to play completely in sync at times even brings in a slight djent influence. Bassist Artur also ensures that he is heard, like on Toxic Secretion of Being. The focus on the instrumentation on the album is also obvious, with extended moments of instrumental segments that are present on the EP allowing the listener to be fully immersed into the emotions that are conjured by the music of Hyperial.
The thing that makes the entire formula work is the production quality on the EP. The production here is crisp and clear, and each of the instruments ring out clearly without being buried under the mix, and this is especially so in the guitars department, allowing for the full crushing impact to hit the listener relentlessly. Industry is a overall an extremely satisfying experience, and provides a nice, alternative to the usual extreme metal that Poland has come to be known for.