After the promise shown on 2014’s Free from the Clutches of Gods, Hybrid Sheep have now returned with another instalment of their modern death metal, and have showed some nice progress since their first opening release.
Hybrid Sheep mix punishing death metal with some classic metal melodies and the odd deathcore influence here and there. If you’re a fan of All Shall Perish, Job for a Cowboy, Aborted and The Black Dahlia Murder, then you should find a lot to enjoy on Hail to the Beast.
Compared to their debut album, Hail to the Beast tones down the deathcore elements noticeably, (but not totally), and instead uses a more melodic approach in their place. Although the deathcore influence is not completely absent, there’s definitely more of a melodic death metal edge to the band these days. Judging by the results, I think that’s probably a good thing too, as their second album has improved on what they started with their debut.
The songs are enjoyable and suitably muscular and aggressive. The melodic aspect of the songs lends them a streamlined, sharp feel, which is especially prevalent when they’re blasting out at full speed. There’s enough mid-paced thuggery here to satisfy too.
Instrumental track The Last Breath of a Dying Earth serves as a nice central point for the album’s carnage to revolve around as well.
I enjoyed this. Hybrid Sheep are a good band with a lot of promise, and it’s satisfying to see they have built on the strengths of their debut album and improved their delivery on this new one. Hail to the Beast is a solid record, and I look forward to what they do next, where hopefully they will have refined their assault even further.