Hyborian Web Sleeve

Album Review: Hyborian – Volume II

Big riffs and big ideas abound on Hyborian’s second crushing album…

It’s a rarity for a band to balance muscularity and progression with as much class as Hyborian. This second full-length finds the Kansas City sluggers wearing their evident technical mastery lightly, while packing enough berserker passion to conjure images of frontman Martin Bush bellowing his vocals shirtless on a craggy mountaintop. It’s only enhanced by lyrics like Driven By Hunger’s ‘Today for the hunt / Tomorrow the feast!’, suitably brawny sentiments for a band whose name derives from Robert E. Howard’s Conan mythology.

There’s a definite hint of Mastodon about Hyborian’s skilled tangle of guitar and vocal arrangements, set alongside a thrusting, mid-tempo reinterpretation of thrash, and there would be few complaints if the next Metallica album featured songs as convincing as Stormbound or The Entity.

Expanse proves the band can be compellingly accessible when they choose, but the whole of Volume II demands the attention of the wider metal world.

Verdict: 4/5

Posted on March 25th 2020, 9:00am
Read More
FOUR YEAR STRONG - Recording Brain Pain With Will Putney
Go behind the scenes with Four Year Strong as they record vocals for their new album, Brain Pain.
In Conversation With Winston McCall of PARKWAY DRIVE
Parkway Drive frontman Winston McCall stopped by our office to chat about his life and career.
#TheShowMustBePaused – And Here’s Why

Why the music industry is uniting to take part in a day of silence to show solidarity to the black community #BlackLivesMatter

Axl Rose Calls Donald Trump "A Truly Bad, Repulsive Excuse For A Person"

Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose has criticised Donald Trump for his comments surrounding the protests going on in America right now.

End of content
No more pages to load