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Hibria - 2004 Defying The Rules



ARTIST: Hibria
ALBUM: Defying The Rules
LABEL: Remedy Records
SERIAL: REM-039
YEAR: 2004

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Iuri Sanson - vocals * Diego Kasper - guitars * Abel Camargo - guitars * Marco Panichi - bass * Savio Sordi - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Steel Lord On Wheels * 02 Change Your Life Line * 03 Millenium Quest * 04 A Kingdom To Share * 05 Living Under Ice * 06 Defying The Rules * 07 The Faceless In Charge * 08 High Speed In Charge * 09 Stare At Yourself

RATING:

WEBLINKS: www.hibria.com


Background
Apart from Angra, the Brazilian metal scene is completely unknown to me. The chances of finding bands up to their standard seemed minimal. Though they play a different style of metal to Angra, Hibria display just as much ability and class as their countrymen. While Angra try to incorporate a little of their Brazilian musical heritage into their sound, Hibria stay true to their influences, such as Helloween, Manowar, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest and Iron Maiden. For such an unknown band outside of Brazil, the guys have been working tirelessly in the European market, even undertaking a 29 date tour to Belgium, Germany, Netherlands, Czech Republic and Poland in 1999. After a number of demo's under their belt, it was time to get the full package from this very exciting band. Finding the name Piet Sielck involved with the mixing and mastering adds another level of credibility.


The Songs
The previously mentioned influences are unmistakably active in Hibria's sound, which sticks to the well trodden path of mid eighties European melodic metal. Though it may have been done plenty of times before, the fact that this a Brazilian band is doing such a bang up job of it is surprising. Regardless of being from Brazil, this album would stack up against most released in the genre, especially in this day and age. More current bands that Hibria remind of are Cryonic Temple, Riot, and Lost Horizon, mainly for the vocals, which are excellent from Iuri Sanson. Definitely a find, this guy. The guitarists know their chops and the solo's are phenomenal at times. Opener 'Steel Lord On Wheels' exhibits both, an extremely strong opening to the album. If you get into that track then the rest of the album will be a fabulous and furious ride. The pace set by that track never slackens, with enough diversity among the songs to keep the interest throughout.


In Summary
I can't fault the guys on their musicianship, or songwriting, but surprisingly one area that concerns me is the production. For an album that was mixed by Piet Sielck, 'Defying The Rules' is quite dry and a little flat. Perhaps that is the sound they were looking for. I would have preferred something fuller. Nonetheless you should not be deterred as the album does sound good and I'm being pretty picky. With songs as strong as 'Change Your Life Line', 'Defying The Rules', and 'Stare At Yourself', there seems no reason to stop Hibria from joining Angra as Brazil's melodic metal ambassadors.


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