French metallers Hacride will release their new album on the 22nd of April via Norwegian label Indie Recordings. ‘Back To Where We’ve Been’ will be Hacride’s forth album and their first with new members, drummer Florent Marcadet and Vocalist Luiss Roux. Hacride’s latest effort is produced by the band themselves and mixed and mastered by Franck Hueso who has also worked with the band on previous albums Lazarus and Amoeba.
Hacride wear their influences proudly on their sleeves. Perhaps even a bit too much as while ‘Back To Where We’ve Been’ is sure to be a hit with current fans of the band it also sounds a little too unoriginal to pull in many new listeners. This is a shame as Hacride are obviously a talented bunch of musicians. Throughout the album guitarist Adrian Grousset’s guitar playing is technical and accomplished and provides a meaty crunch and crisp melodies while new drummer Marcadet blasts out the rhythms very capably.
The best tracks on Back To Where We’ve Been are actually the shortest of the bunch, I don’t mean that in a condescending way, they are also the ones where the band deviate from their tech metal format. The track ‘Synesthesia’ features a sombre, ethereal opening before crashing into a huge doom metal like riff. Elsewhere To Numb the Pain is a more subdued piece of music which builds layers of melody then strips them away again. These tracks are also noticeable by the absence of new man Roux. Roux is by no means a poor vocalist and one who can sing and roar equally well, with that said he does come across as a bit of an identikit metal front man which, it has to be said, is hardly the most exciting of listening propositions.
There’s nothing really wrong with Back To Where We’ve Been, but there’s also nothing particularly new here either. I’d suggest giving the track Strive Ever to More a listen and if you like that then you’ll be more than pleased with the whole album. Overall the albums biggest fault is just being a bit middle of the road and as you listen to it you can’t help but feel that you’ve already heard it all before … in 2004. 4.7/10