"Non-Conformative" (Lion Music; 2002)

Reviewed by Christopher J. Kelter

Hybrid Freak Division is a band name that actually lives up to the description. Hybrid Freak Division play fusion rock in the vein of OHM, but with a broader palette of bold musical strokes that borrow liberally from the realm of metal, progressive rock, jazz, blues and good ol' fashion rock'n'roll. The band truly lives by their spirit of their moniker.

The band's album title, "Non-Conformative," is a fairly accurate description of their musical approach as well. It takes a certain degree of musical intelligence to merge a variety of styles into a seamless whole as these types of projects often sound like a messy mish-mash of disparate styles with little focus or discipline. Hybrid Freak Division exert a sense of control throughout their musical journeys no matter what the word "freak" in the band's name might imply. Hybrid Freak Division bristle with confidence yet don't come off as a bunch of musical elitists. The band rocks as well as it invigorates as the eight cuts on "Non-Conformative" display with ease.

Fans of OHM and Dysrythmia will like what Hybrid Freak Division's "Non-Conformative" has to offer.

"Non-Conformative" was produced by Hybrid Freak Division and mastered by Jonas Stromberg and Lars Mattson.

Hybrid Freak Division is Frederik Andersson on guitar, Par Lauren on bass, and Bjorn Nyberg on drums.

For more information visit http://www.lionmusic.com/HFD.htm

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.


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