Hypokras - _Dead & Hungry_
(Warpath Records, 2002)
by: Pedro Azevedo (8 out of 10)
Packed in less than half an hour of music, this Hypokras release is quite a rush of hyperblast death metal. Hypokras win their battle thanks to their very dynamic and powerful rhythmic backbone -- percussive guitar riffs and talented drummer included. This combination is then joined by a vocalist who manages to sound powerful while avoiding excessive monotony in his delivery -- Lord Worm he certainly is not, but his vocals are slightly more varied than average for a death metal vocalist. Aided by the strong production, the music is relentlessly aggressive and enjoyable throughout in a very "metal" kind of way, akin perhaps to The Crown, though not quite as brilliant and certainly different style-wise. The band is technically proficient, although the music itself is not technically-minded, and do not limit themselves too much to one particular kind of delivery. Don't get me wrong, this -is- mostly hyperblast death metal, but slower passages and varied types of blasting are employed to keep the music interesting. Whilst it is unlikely that you will find anything on _Dead & Hungry_ that will actually surprise you, I find it more than likely that any death metal fan will thoroughly enjoy this action-packed album from these French aggressors.

Contact: http://www.warpathrecords.com

(article published 3/7/2002)

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