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Not compulsory listening, but worth seeking out - 62%

MikeyC, December 19th, 2015
Written based on this version: 2009, CD, Neurotic Disorder Records (Digipak)

Entering and exiting the music scene in a blink, Hyperion came out with two demos chocked with industrial goodness. Since their music is relatively undeveloped, Mechanical Rebellion can be forgiven for its shortcomings, but it doesn’t mean this is all smooth sailing.

After an intro that sounds like a Star Wars horror movie, we’re immediately greeted with huge, programmed drumming and a riff designed to melt your face. Hyperion play a type of really fast industrial brutal death. If you’re thinking of The Berzerker, you’re on the wrong path. More like a faster Zyklon. Most of this demo resides in high-octane destruction, with smaller reprieves throughout.

This demo is probably best digested as a whole, rather than on individual tracks. The faster tracks tend to meld into one another, but they are still decent. “Antihuman Campaign” is the first sign of mid-paced songs, and this is one of the better songs here. The drums are not so immense, the industrial pieces can be easily heard, and the groovy riff is catchy. “Twilight of Haughty Race” return to the ultra-fast blasting type.

The digipak version contains four songs from the first demo, Industrial Religion. The first three songs are slower that most found on Mechanical Rebellion, but the production takes a slight hit. “Mental War I [Prelude to Awakening] contains gravity blasts that show drop hints as to how the next demo would turn out. For the other three, despite being less frantic, I don’t know if I prefer these. The drum machine is still very busy, but the really fast kicks are gone. I suppose it shows the progression of the band from one era to another. The industrial elements are further increased here, though. “Fluctuation of Magnetic Field” opens with a long, industrial intro that sounds cool, and it’s a puzzler as to why things like that weren’t included in Mechanical Rebellion, as that would’ve increased its dynamics.

Mechanical Rebellion, disregarding the bonus tracks, is a good demo, but there are some definite issues here. Firstly, the bass drums tend to take centre stage and otherwise distract from other parts. They are usually played at an inhuman pace so there’s no escape from their intense beats-per-minute. Second, the industrial elements are too seldom for my liking. Most of them are lost under the cacophonous barrage of everything else, and some more powerful influences with this side of it would’ve made this demo stand out. They’re shown more in the riffs, which do work but some outside inclusions would have upped the ante. The slower tracks on offer utilise these far better.

As a whole, Mechanical Rebellion works more than it doesn’t. If given time, Hyperion could’ve improved on their material here and been a forerunner in industrial brutal death metal. Their split means this is basically all they’ll be. Worth seeking out for the industrial lover, but not exactly essential listening.