THE HYBRIS’ Intriguing Dialogue With Darkness Itself: ‘Hey, Death!’

Published on 16 September 2023 at 05:36

Words: Max Bradfield


The Hybris are three cosmic superheroes on a mission to save the world. Yes, you read that right. Ringo Rabbit, Beanie Bison, and Malcolm Mandrill united from their respective homes of Germany, France and the US, to release ‘Hey, Death!’ back at the end of July. Getting round to review it, we found it a mischievous track with a certain gothic groove we can get behind.


This track arrived in the summer as a taster for the trio’s second studio album set for later in the year. ‘Hey, Death!’ is the fourth release of the year and is admittedly for fans of My Chemical Romance. The Killers, or Billy Talent. The band themselves, even slide Joy Division into that mix and with brooding themes, you can kind of see why.


‘Hey, Death!’ kicks up the dirt in a conversation with the man himself and struts into life with a mischievous riff that slowly quickens. Guitar, whether that be rhythmic or lead, is catchy and infectious in nature – likely drawing in avid listeners from all around. Building on this, these ears will have to focus, as it seems Hybris create musical narratives that command attention. It’s hardly backing music. The emphatic main vocal for example – it holds court with dramatic flair and presence; while the instrumentals pair with it brilliantly in this trio’s quest.


‘Hybris’, refers to Greek tragedy, being a term that stands for exaggerated self-pride, arrogance, excess of ambition leading to self-destruction. The band were commenting on the current state of the world from the start and only continue to do so in their musical and lyrical content.


We are Ringo Rabbit, Beanie Bison and Malcolm Mandrill – three comic superheroes on a mission to save the world. Join us!”

“Our lyrics often show political attitude – well, rock songs without attitude are crap, right? But why these silly masks? Isn’t this mask thing worn out? At first it was a stupid idea, but meanwhile we think it’s pretty cool. Some suspect we want to make ourselves more interesting than we really are. Others believe it is a smart move – since we’re incredibly ugly in real life!”


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