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Release date: 14 September 2010
Style: Progressive metal, Progressive rock

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7.1 | 14 votes

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01. I Don't Want To Wait Another Day
02. I Can't Take You With Me
03. The Man Who Knows Your Name
04. Termites
05. Mindscan I: Arrival
06. Mindscan II: Entrance
07. Mindscan III: Realization
08. Mindscan IV: Welcome
09. Mindscan V: Examination
10. Mindscan VI: Hybrid Child
11. Mindscan VII: Exploration
12. Mindscan VIII: What Do They Want
13. Mindscan IX: When I Awake
14. Mindscan X: Returning Home

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Fat & Sassy! - 06.02.2011 at 00:29  
Rating: 4 Boring, pretentious, and at times, very tedious. The only song that doesn't bore or annoy me is I Can't Take You With Me, but this is probably because it sounds just like a Kansas song.
jadawal - 08.02.2011 at 18:45  
Rating: 8 After taking one of the quickest hours (56 minutes) of my life to listen to an album nominated for best progressive metal album of 2010, Hybrid Child sounds a little like heavy Beardfish with a cello, more complex rhythms, metal tendencies and aggression, and a strong female vocalist. At first listen (mostly the very first song) I was surprisingly disgusted, but as I let the songs flow I got used to the powerful but poppy (best word I can use to describe) vocalist, not to mention the amazing and obscure melodies from guitar, keys, cello and vocals respectively. The lyrics contain realistic social struggles and inner conflict. Definitely an album for people wanting to hear something different. It's a grace to listen to and it's great to know unique musicians - and poets - are still out there.

A mix of avant-garde rock, metal, jazz, classical, and pop music. Definitely not something for all metalheads; a little short of a masterpiece, but a fine piece of work.
Fat & Sassy! - 08.02.2011 at 20:09  
Rating: 4
Written by jadawal on 08.02.2011 at 18:45

A mix of avant-garde rock, metal, jazz, classical, and pop music. Definitely not something for all metalheads; a little short of a masterpiece, but a fine piece of work.


I guess this album did something totally different for you than me. Now I'm all for progressive/experimental/avantgarde (basically challenging) music, but I can't help but dismiss this album as an experiment failed. Sure, the album has a certain dynamic element to it that I *would* appreciate if it didn't come off as unfocused. So many clashing sounds. It seems to me that these musicians have lots of ambition, with genre blending and whatnot, but they are biting off more than they can chew. I feel that it's really obvious in the Mindscan part of the album. First off... why is it broken up into different tracks? It sounds like an assortment of interludes when listened to one song at a time. And if you treat it as one song, well... I love me some complex music, but it just sounds completely aimless. And the metal bits sound more forced than anything too.

Bands like Unexpect and Akphaezya do this kind of thing much better, I think. And if I wanted to listen to some more modern prog rock, I would definitely rather pop in a Beardfish or Phideaux album.
jadawal - 17.02.2011 at 23:40  
Rating: 8
Written by Fat & Sassy! on 08.02.2011 at 20:09

I feel that it's really obvious in the Mindscan part of the album.


I can agree. After listening to the album four times now, I can see the weaknesses. This album fit the momentary gap for what I wanted to hear at the time. The start of the album has the poppy-but-proggy-but-rock-but-complex feel, while the second half of the album fades off in what I can define as somewhat of a failure. The vocal melodies seem to be less inspired, the complex cello and insrumentation fades away into a dreary less inviting soundscape; almost like the second half (Mindscan) was composed earlier in time. But maybe that was the point, a brief 'scan' of varying ideas; creating a 'hybrid' album(child) consisting of multiple pathways. And your right about the flow of the album - there is none. My appreciation for the album lowered, so I ended up changing my vote from a 9 to an 8, but it still came with something pretty damn original.
Daggon - 28.02.2011 at 08:27  
Rating: 5
Written by Fat & Sassy! on 06.02.2011 at 00:29

Boring, pretentious, and at times, very tedious. The only song that doesn't bore or annoy me is I Can't Take You With Me, but this is probably because it sounds just like a Kansas song.


Can't agree more with you my little green friend, this is exactly what I think of this album, well, except for that little detail about Kansas, lol
Susan - 15.02.2012 at 03:42  
Rating: 9 What's wrong with me?! I heard this album last year and after only a spin or two it didn't make much of an impression. A song came up on shuffle tonight and I've been reacquainting myself with Hybrid Child ever since. Better (a year) late than never I suppose!!! Rockin out....

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