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  • Audio CD (December 1, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: 101 DISTRIBUTION
  • ASIN: B002N9MJSC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #521,845 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2009 release, the third album from the Swiss Death Wave rockers. Formed in 2003 in Geneva, Switzerland by guitar player Drop and singer Benjamin, Sybreed was created to reflect their mutual tastes for extreme metal and industrial music, with conceptual content revolving around social misery, everyday alienation and more generally, the decay of the modern way of life. The Pulse Of Awakening is the perfect tool to ravage your ears with vicious grooves, furious metallic blasts, technological shivers and icy melodies. Listenable.

Customer Reviews

Vocals, DRUMS, guitars, electronics, Heavy & immaculate!
Jon
This band is creating music that is way better and original than 99.99% of current bands.
Hugo Frazao
Don't hesitate to buy this album whether you are a hardcore Sybreed fan or a newbie!
Steve L.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Steve L. on December 1, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Here we are nearing the end of 2009, and Sybreed has released their third album "The Pulse of Awakening." I could ramble for some time about how great this album is for...awhile...but instead, I'll try to make some quick observances and provide a brief rundown of each track.

"The Pulse of Awakening" is quite an exceptional album and that's because it has to be. Afterall, it's following up the previous effort "Antares", which to many is considered a masterpiece. My point being, though, is that there's a lot to live up to and it would be easy for most bands to drop the ball. This is not the case, luckily. In my opinion, "The Pulse of Awakening" is a very experimental album on several fronts. By experimental, I'd like to note that I mean it is experimental for Sybreed more than for the genre.

Within the first few seconds of the album, you are greeted by what is continuous throughout the whole cd - a high level of polish. Sybreed's first outing "Slave Design" was the grittiest of the three, with "Antares" bringing a lot of polish to the sound. But take the polish of "Antares" and multiply that by 5 (if such things could be quantified!)...you'll have a good idea of what to expect. Next, the vocal work of "The Pulse of Awakening" deserves praise. Instead of being content to do what was done before, vocalist Ben has brought a much more natural clean voice to the songs. Not only do the cleans sound different this time around, there are a lot more clean vocals present in the tracks overall. In fact, 4 of the songs present are entirely clean vocals, using some effects here and there in lieu of growls. I'm sure some people will complain that growls have taken a sort of backseat to cleans, but the end product completely justifies the creative move.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Hugo Frazao on December 2, 2009
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I'm a huge fan of Sybreed so I've been waiting for this album for quite a while. Antares was a masterpiece of heavy music imo so I thought chances were the new album wouldn't be as good. How wrong I was! Somehow these guys from Switzerland have managed to create an even better gem. Like the previous reviewer stated, the level of polish here is absolutely amazing, you can really tell they did it with passion. This band is creating music that is way better and original than 99.99% of current bands. You really have to listen to it to understand what I'm trying to say, words don't do justice. Lastly, be sure to BUY this album, Sybreed is a band that truly deserves support.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By G. Harms on August 17, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Coming into this as a fan of Sybreed's earlier albums, I'll admit to feeling a bit disappointed by The Pulse of Awakening. It seemed to me upon first listen that the vocals had taken a turn for the mundane and something about the intonations just sat wrong with me. I nearly let it sit. Then I gave this album a few more listens and by Jupiter, it grows on you!! I find myself grooving to the time changes and noticing less and less wrong with this release. It happens. Now and then an album needs to breathe a little, like a good wine, to be absorbed and re-evaluated. I won't go through a track by track review as others have already done but suffice it to say that I am picky when it comes to the albums I write about and just now on the transition on "From Zero to Nothing", where the time changes come in and warp the listening experience at the 2:30 mark, the change ups and ingenuity make my day. This is a diverse album. The songs don't all feel the same which is one of my pet peeves about some of the Fear Factory albums of late... Rhys Fulber leaves his mark on this album as always and it is well received! At times the music by these Swiss musicians feels like the film score to an intriguing high stakes thriller. I give it a 4.5 overall. Music must evolve and so must we...and in the end, that is a good thing!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. Peru on December 13, 2009
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I love this new album, it's heavy, beautiful, sad, and groovy. Ben is an amazing vocalist, Drop is a genius and Kevin is a killer drummer (burn is no longer with the band:( . The production is top notch. These guys have a great sound that gets better with every album.
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I haven't written an album review in years.....so that in and of itself is a testament to how excellent this album is.
First off, I should say that I liked Antares, the only other Sybreed album I had heard, but it was mainly because of a handful of great songs ("Plasmaterial," "Ego Bypass Generator," and "Revive my Wounds" being my favorites). I bought Pulse of Awakening on a whim without having heard a single song. I figured it would be as good as Antares.....but it's much better! They really nailed the electronic metal sound without sounding like a Fear Factory ripoff. What I really like is the incorporation of what basically sounds like Chris Nolan movie music (The Dark Knight, Inception, etc.) into some of the songs, notably "Lucifer Effect" and "From Zero to Nothing." Usually, the symphonic-sounding metal comes off as sounding cheesy and even a little laughable, but Sybreed really pulls it off to make something beautifully sinister. Even the heaviest songs on the album, such as "I am Ultraviolence" have small moments of subtlety brutal beauty.
Unlike Antares, which had a few "filler" songs, every song on PoA is perfectly crafted and worth listening to over and over again. The layering and mixing are excellent, so you'll get a totally different aural experience when listening to the album in the car vs. on your headphones. They really got the most out of each band member. The drums sound particularly amazing. The vocals meander effortlessly between blood-curdling screams and clean singing. This is nothing new these days in metal, but Ben has a distinct sound that almost makes it sound effortless.
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