May 142013

(Andy Synn delivers another installment of his irregular series of album reviews in haiku. Two more reviews come after the jump. With music.)


Much more nu-metal

A change, but not for the best?

Still, there’s much to like



Such flawless technique

Such artistic aggression

Such sweet suffering



A taste less extreme

The riffs still do the talking

A hybrid of sounds


  1. I can’t stand the new Hacride. Definitely my biggest disappointment.

  2. That’s too bad about Hacride. I liked-but-didn’t-quite-love their last two records, and I’d hoped this would be the one that made the leap. I still might be. I like the band too much to let a review decide it’s fate. I just haven’t had a chance to check it out yet.

  3. Fuuuuuuuck!!!! I thought the new Hacride would be smoking hot 🙁

    • While I haven’t heard their previous albums, I found their new release fairly enjoyable, bordering on great. Check the song “Ghosts of the Modern World”.

  4. End Of Disclosure is a great album!!

  5. I love that Ascension album. It was worth the effort trying to track down.

  6. Morning all. Thought I’d reply with just the one comment, rather than separately to everyone… mostly due to laziness.

    At no point do I say the new Hacride is a bad album. I aimed to imply with the haiku that the change they’ve made (though retaining much of the old Hacride as well) just isn’t necessarily positive – though nor is it a huge negative. There are bits in songs that are awesome, but there’s a tendency, in every track, to juxtapose these bits against some rather meandering/directionless bits of angsty melodrama, that prove a bit of an awkward fit and don’t really go anywhere.

    Hypocrisy’s new one is the definition of a ‘grower’, but worth the time. Definitely brings back some of the Abducted/Final Chapter feel, without regressing away from the “new” post-Virus sound. There’s a couple of forgettable tracks, but it’s mainly a strong offering.

    That Ascension album is phenomenal. And it’s 3 years old. So I can’t wait for the next one.

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