Newsflash: Hibria lights the XX Birthday Cake!

RockmusicRaider Newsflash - Hibria - XX - Album Cover20 years have passed, believe it or not. The speedy Heavy Metal and Power Metallers Hibria just released their very own birthday present. Appropriately called XX and signed to Test Your Metal Records, their new album covers three new tracks and four live performance samples from all across their past offerings. 

Hibria got this Brazilian machine going by 1996, starting off with a demo in ’97 and never stopping since. Now, after a score of singles, splits, live albums, re-issues and five full length albums with new material, it is now time to fire up the birthday cake with this newest EP-ish concoction.

Talking about the new material: Still infused with the usual Hibria #metal power, the band takes a much more progressive course on the first two tracks. Astonishingly so, kind of ditching the Brazilian freshness and clear, crisp #metal prevalent in Hibria (the album). I like the turn of events, though and the tracks are very technically savvy. But if continued, there is trouble on the horizon with parts of their fan base. Now, for those there is light at the end of the tunnel: Fool’s Paradise gets them a thrashy, speedy dose of Hibria as we know it. [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Intermittent Digest – Tome III

RockmusicRaider - Intermittent Digest - Tome IIIHowdy, fans and friends! Months have passed again way too fast since the last point of the situation (as we say in French) and already it is time to halt the horses again and take stock. The first full year @ RockmusicRaider – 2015 – has passed and we start to approach mid-year 2016. By Loki, things are moving fast and I am not getting younger. So, what happened since Tome II. I can say one thing: Dark, dark is the going, when the going gets tough.

Felt waves of Black or blackened Metal are coming our way. I am amazed – seems to be a sign of the times. Rorcal Creon Album coverJust check out Rorcal with κρέων (Creon) that visited the RockmusicRaider site real brutally. Those tracks left blood on the walls and streaks on the ground, echoing around the corridors even when the music was turned off. At the end of the day, all this Black Metal dissonance turned out to be a historical theme park of sorts. If this is possible at all. What really threw me is the fact that they somehow dwell on the wrong side of Geneva in Switzerland. For those knowing the city a somewhat difficult concept to comprehend.

Then late in 2015, we found an unknown band on our promo list called Batushka with Litourgyia. Blasphemous bastards taking on the orthodox church in a way that just reduced me to aRockmusicRaider Review - Batushka - Litourgyia - Album Cover helpless heap of mirth. And they promptly made it on the 2015 Top Ten Records of the RockmusicRaider blog. THIS is Black Metal the way it is supposed to be played. Trademark anonymity and all to boot – to this day nobody knows who they are really. This record is still and often played on the mighty RockmusicRaider Media Machine. Keep going guys, this is just good stuff. [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Hibria – Hibria (2015) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Hibria - Hibria - Album CoverSomeone is knocking on Heavy Metal’s door! Big time. And who is brandishing these fucking pipes? ‘Tis must come from Ronnie James, but this dear friend and companion met the other side for a while now. It is Iuri Sanson of the Brazilian Power and Speed Metal band Hibria. And this on their self-titled 2015 amazingly rocky album. And this stuff they produce is really good metal – for most parts! Old style metal too, kind of showing the Great Old Ones of Heavy Metal where the new masters are.

I really like the drum work provided by Eduardo Baldo. This is not just the whoom-tchack you usually get, but much more complex structures. I daresay, they will wear him out one day, he is the man working the most in this band. And then there is the stellar guitar performance of Abel Gamargo and Renato Osorio. Sometimes a bit too much in the background, but coming out strong on solos and riffs. But more to that later. [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!