"Des Deux L’une Est L’autre" (Overcome Distribution; 2007)

Reviewed by Jeff Rogers


Hypno5e are a cool band, not just because they are art metal (which means they add a whole bunch of other stuff in with their metal), but because they have a full sound of strings, smashing guitars, pounding drums and a build of each song that usually explodes with a blast of extreme screaming ... or not. The album name, "Des Deux L’une Est L’autre," translated in English means "Of the two one is the other."

No two songs sound the same, start the same or end the same. I said all that to say this: it's unpredictable musicianship that keeps you interested even when the metal guitars take a back seat to the ambient strings and harmonious singing. "Art metal" probably isn't a phrase that is in your vocabulary, but it should be. Hypno5e have crafted a unique first disc with French and English vocals. Most of the time you can't tell the difference but it's about the music anyway.

I like jazz, fusion and heavy metal so when I heard Hyno5e I immediately knew that they had some special in the way of Avant-garde metal. They can definitely hold your attention and if you let them in they will hold your interest as well. They're aren't too many bands from across the pond that I embrace but Hypno5e is one I'll be keeping up with for the years to come.

HYPNO5E: Emmanuel Jessua - vocals & guitar; Jérémie Lautier - guitar; Gredin - vocals & bass; Thibault Lamy - drums & samples.

For more information, check out http://www.hypno5e.com/.

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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