HEBOÏDOPHRENIE
Cannibalism For Dummies
(Great Dane Records)
41:35min

The five piece HEBOÏDOPHRENIE from the French port city Bordeaux is already active for a decade by now, yet mostly unnoticed. One album, released in 2013 and only available digitally might be a reason that the French escaped notice. So their new album “Cannibalism For Dummies” is their first real appearance on a label, even though their debut release was made available digitally through Great Dane Records years after its release. Listening to “Cannibalism For Dummies” a few times, I will doubt that HEBOÏDOPHRENIE will be noticed by a broader public with these ten songs plus one intro. Their mix of brutal Death Metal with some MESHUGGAH – styled riffs and breaks plus elements of more modern so called Deathcore might be interesting at first sight. But even after a few run-throughs, most of the riffs are still too interchangeable and random. And if there are one or two nice ideas (‘Bleeding Love’), they are buried under a bunch of riffs too soon. The vocals are not helping HEBOÏDOPHRENIE to stick out of the masses, as I heard this kind of grunting too many times before. Thus it is not a big wonder that I’d pick the instrumental tune ‘Doomsday’ as my second listening suggestion. In sum, I’d recommend HEBOÏDOPHRENIE to those of you who have a soft spot for more modern sounds and breakdowns. They should visit www.facebook.com/heboidophrenie or www.facebook.com/greatdanerecords

Thomas Meyer

Thomas Meyer

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