"God is an Automation" (Listenable Records; 2012)

Reviewed by Jeff Rogers

Sybreed are heavy metal but they also have an industrial sound. There's a little djent present on a few of their tracks as well as groove metal. It all depends on the track but, no doubt about it, they are heavy! Fans of Fear Factory will dig their sound and since they are heavy metal fore-fronted you'll get plenty of gnarly riffs and cool vocals.

This would be a great album to put on while working out. By the end you'll be benching everything in your home gym. The songs are fast-paced so you'll always be energized. I can see a mosh pit at their sacrificial concerts just waiting to form. Although there are no guitar solos on "God Is An Automaton" there are plenty of other sounds to take their place, mainly synth sounds or cool industrial jabs as interjections.

I like Sybreed's sound. It's heavy but it does tend to repeat itself after a while. Every now and then a new sound will emerge and that's what keeps them from stagnating into an industrial 'noise.'

The stand out tracks here are: "Challenger" and "A Radiant Daybreak."

Sybreed: Thomas "Drop" Betrisey - Guitar & Electronics; Benjamin Nominet - Vocals, Lyrics; Kevin Choiral - Drums & Percussion; Ales Campanelli - Bass Guitar; Rhys Fulber - Mixing, Additional synth and arrangements; Seth Siro Anton - Album Cover & Artwork; Travis Montgomery - guitar solo in "Destruction And Bliss."

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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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