Punching their way into 2018, Hyperdose are set to make this year a remarkable one with the release of their sequel EP, Disaster. This Oklahoma City hard rock quartet have been back working with Grammy Nominated Producer Justin Rimer and returned to CrossTrax Studios in Memphis, TN to record an impressive EP that is sure to be taking these guys far this year.
Delving into the variety of sounds that Hyperdose has to offer, this five track EP demonstrates the diversity that this band can bring. Title track “Disaster (Roll with the Punches)” kicks off the record with an upbeat, dynamic vibe. The electronic intro launches in with a dance track feel before the eruptive drums and powerful guitar riff throw it into a catchy rock beat. I like how the lead up to the chorus is slower, drawing you in before it finally hits with an explosion of sound; the chorus is also amplified by Ben Rivera’s impressive theatrical voice. The layers overlapping the track keep the vivid feel throughout and the little bursts of ‘Roll with the Punches’ are a catchy addition.
Elements from their previous release Impacts can be heard throughout, and certain digital aspects in their sound make Hyperdose stand out from your ordinary hard rock band. There are times that all the different layers can feel busy, but this does add to the energy and mood of the songs. The next track “Phantom” is an example. The composition changes quite a bit in the verses and the ambitious overlap of sounds can be overwhelming when you first listen, but when you break it down and observe all the different components, it brings an intriguing depth to the track. Also, Ben’s voice is dominant enough that even the more slower and softer vocals are not overpowered by the other musical elements.
No EP would be complete without a power ballad to pull on your emotions. Luckily, “Undeniable” is here to do just that. With delicate, clean guitar riffs and gentle melodic bass, this track is much more stripped back and all attention is drawn to the vocals. The soothing sound of violin enhances the atmosphere, encouraging your mind to drift away in the melodies. The next track “See The Light” has a moodier feel. The distorted vocals and dominant bass lines in the verse bring a gloomy edge to the song but becomes more upbeat in the chorus. This one doesn’t sound as busy as some of the other tracks, but the edgy feel and catchy riffs in the chorus makes it stand out on the EP. Ending the record on a darker note, “Vile” brings an almost aggressive ambiance with the fiercer lyrics and more forceful vocals; but the jaunty melodies still lift it up to be another catchy track.
Disaster will be released on January 18th, make sure you grab a copy and look out for these guys as they have a big show announcement coming soon!