Taking themes of Greek mythology as a source of inspiration is always going to result in art that feels epic, timeless and far reaching. With Metempsychosis, Swiss instrumental post-rockers Hubris have done just that, producing an album full of subtle, dancing melodies that weave in and out of a rich and vast sonic cosmos.
Opener ‘Hepius’ is a melancholic tinged track that sets the tone of the record perfectly, as repeated guitar refrains flicker across an expanse of atmospheric keys and driving rhythms. ‘Dionysus’ is a slightly different beast, those distinctive guitar arpeggios this time bolstered by an almost danceable rhythm section before the track gives way to several softer, more intimate, interludes. As with every band that falls into the post-rock category, the inevitable Sigur Rós comparisons are made, but on ‘Adonis’ and the almost Pink Floyd-esque ‘Dedalus’, this genuinely rings true, as the moody atmospherics recall the Icelandic band’s 2001 magnum opus (). However, these similarities are subtle; Hubris have carved out their own distinctive sound. The album ends with the spectacular ‘Heracles’, a track that details the titular character’s twelve labours over ever-ascending, tension building music that eventually fades out, as if echoing into eternity like the Greek myths themselves.
Whilst pinpointing and praising individual tracks is natural when listening to an album, Metempsychosis is best appreciated as one moving, sweeping and grand piece of music. There are so many intricacies and hidden moments of beauty here, it becomes near impossible to pick out highlights. This is creative, impassioned and emotive post-rock at its very best.
Metempsychosis is released 13th March via Art As Catharsis and can be purchased here.
Words: Adam Pegg