Some time ago, industrial metal was a new field in music, ready to be discovered […]
By Harry Papadopoulos
December 6, 2007
Sybreed - Antares album cover

Some time ago, industrial metal was a new field in music, ready to be discovered and brought fresh air in metal music. Nowadays, it is really difficult for a band to make a breakthrough and do something innovative and original.. So, let's see how SYBREED is going to make it with their second album, Antares.

The band was formed in 2003 in Geneva, Switzerland by guitar player Drop and singer Benjamin. Later on, Burn (bass) and Alex (drums), joined the band. The debut album Slave Design was released in 2004. After that, the band performed live in the U.S.A. and Europe. In 2006, they found themselves without a drummer. SYBREED asked Dirk Verbeuren (SOILWORK drummer) to help them with the recordings of their second album, Antares. Just after the recordings, Kevin came in to complete the band's lineup.

In their debut album, SYBREED was a clone of FEAR FACTORY. Well, Slave Design didn't get any praise and with their new album they won't get some, either. Still they are copying FEAR FACTORY, IN FLAMES (of the Reroute To Remain era) and MNEMIC (just listen to the first riff of the album), with nothing new and original to their music. Every band wants to be able to reach the elite, but they can't make it with such an album. The drumming is the same one as SOILWORK, since Dirk Verbeuren is behind the drum kit as (previously mentioned). As for the rest of this album, you can listen to a variety of different things going on at once. Samples, heavy guitars and keyboards, brutal or clean vocals and sometimes a voice with an electronic effect; everything is here. The bad thing is that there are times when the keyboards seem to be the only important thing on the record. If you are one of those that like keyboards that much, Antares may be an album for you.

You can find many good ideas in this album, and some nice industrial metal compositions. But the next song may be of melodic death metal. It may sound interesting, but the way SYBREED is playing it seems bad.  And, can someone tell me where have the guitar solos gone?

6 / 10

Had Potential

"Antares" Track-listing:

Emma - 0
Ego Bypass Generator
Revive My Wounds
Twelve Megatons Gravity

Sybreed Lineup:

Drop - Guitars / Synth / Machines
Benjamin - Vocals
Burn - Bass
Kevin - Drums

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