Cedric : According to wikipedia, Hibakusha is the word used to refer to the victims of the atomic bombings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, but in this case it is referring to a Dutch metal quintet hailing from Haarlem, a band now ready to present us their debut EP called ‘Incarnation’. The five songs on this EP have a total playing time of just under half an hour, but that is enough material for the band to sound convincing.
It is very clear that the members of Hibakusha all love the music of bands like Meshuggah, Vildhjarta and Textures. The influences of these bands, and the ‘djent’ genre in general, are pretty easily recognizable in their music. They make eager use of the well-known heavy, rhythmic guitarsound that the aforementioned genre is famous for, but also the drums are heavily pounding and mostly sound rather technical. However, it would not do the music of Hibakusha full justice to only compare them to the sound of Meshuggah and other bands alike, there is definately more to discover in their songs. Regularly great sounding guitar- and drumparts also remind of a mix between Lamb Of God and Gojira with just a pinch of postmetal.
Although all musicians clearly master their instruments very well, the most notable element in their music is the powerful voice of singer Twan. He growls, screams, yells and curses in a fantastic manner that perfectly matches the vibe of the music and ensures capturing the attention of the listener throughout the whole album. Also in his vocal style you can sometimes hear the mentioned Lamb Of God references. If you have the idea that there are no more good homegrown metal bands releasing music, you should hurry up and listen to this modern sounding EP. Hibakusha absolutely delivers the goods on this first EP, so I hope they do not keep us waiting too long for that full album!