Thursday, May 23, 2024

Single Review: Hanibal Death Machine "Stupid" (Independent) by Dave Wolff

Band: Hanibal Death Machine
Country: France
Genre: Indusrial/groove metal
Single: Stupid
From the forthccoming album "Éclipse Anthropocène", to be released November 2024
Format: Video, streaming
Label: Independent
Release date: March 7, 2024
Hanibal Death Machine formed in 2014 and released three albums rooted in techno, industrial, goth and groove metal. Although elements from each of their albums have been retained in their new promotional video "Stupid", a new emphasis is placed on melodic death and Viking metal by the band.
Techno, industrial, and goth artists tend to have a penetrating, numbing, mechanized awareness in their writing. There's a human element to this band's music, even during their most lugubrious moments, making their melodies inherently easier to relate to. After listening to their discography I’d say the new video reflects a darker, more atmospheric and somber theme, as it depicts the inhumanity of humankind through the centuries, from the Middle Ages to the Information Age. It's somewhere between Rammstein and Amon Amarth, with Alien Weaponry and Wolves in the Throne Room playing a part.
The clip is under five minutes, with a professional production value. Its polished but primal demeanor seems intended to convey a gripping sense of the violence, emotional anguish, the dependence on gain and especially the lack of consideration for nature, on screen. The lyrics are in French, but you don't need to speak the language to comprehend the pictures synchronized with the evocative atmosphere and throaty vocals. Though the lyrics are provided in both French and English beneath the video.
You should take a listen to this song, and also check out the single and video release of "Mon Cadavre", which was released in 2020. –Dave Wolff

Jean-Luc Loret: Vocals, bass
Marco Rave: Guitars
Jacques Maupeu-Wise Drums

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