KARYBDIS ALBUM LAUNCH PARTY FOR ‘FROM THE DEPTHS’
On Wednesday, 4th of July, rather a lot of metal fans gathered at Camden Town’s legendary Purple Turtle to celebrate the release of Karybdis debut album From The Depths.
It was recorded at Parlour Studios in Northamptonshire and produced by the also legendary producer Russ Russell (Napalm Death, Dimmu Borgir, Evile, amongst many others). So far the album has received extremely positive and practically glowing reviews from music critics and is set to be a highly successful first offering.
Karybdis are five amiable guys from London: Rich O’Donnell (vocals), Harsha Dusari (guitar), Pierre Dujardin (guitar), Jay Gladwin (bass) and Mitch McGuan (drums), who came together as a band back in 2009 with a mission to play a mix of death and groove metal inspired by ancient Greek myths and legends. With their debut album finally released, is the mission accomplished?
I think that’s a resounding hell yes.
Karybdis is one of those rare, forward-thinking acts who are not afraid of being innovative and will clearly make a heavy impact on the metal scene. Their music and live performance is driven, experimental and full of surprises, which makes them more attractive than other emerging metal/hardcore bands that sometimes appear to be slightly predictable.
Their musical style is diverse and has bits and bobs of death, thrash and groove metal, as well as hardcore elements here and there. There is a beautiful contrast in between crushing riffs and soaring melodies. With From the Depths, Karybdis have managed to create a giant sound, that we normally associate with bands like Machine Head, Lamb Of God and In Flames and which makes their records and live shows remarkable.
Karybdis live show is raw and powerful. There’s an undeniable chemistry between the band members that allow them co-operate on stage as a dedicated team. They blend different musical styles with confidence and create musically, thematically, and lyrically dynamic show.
The opening track on the album is Minotaur and it sets the standards for the subsequent material this evening. It is a heavy and mysterious beast made out of chunky riffs, epic breakdowns and growling vocals. Tonight Minotaur is saved for the end of the show to sum up the evening and is definitely a tune to leave the audience wanting more.
The band creates a laid-back vibe and everyone in the crowd seems to be having a great time. Such songs as Without Wings and Medusa are powerful and rocking anthems to get the crowd going. As for the band itself, seems like they are having as much fun as everyone else in the audience, which makes the show even more encouraging. At the end of the day, Karybdis are launching their debut album, which is a great reason to celebrate. And with a piece of chocolate cake and a shot of Jack Daniels for every guest, this really is a party!
Karybdis potential is plain to see. They are ambitious, excited, determined and display a highly different approach. From the Depths is a promising a debut as it can get and is worth checking out if you are into bands like Trivium, Meshuggah, Machine Head and other epic stuff.
Karybdis is a band you will definitely hear about again. …and again…and again.
More info on Karybdis:
From The Depths (and awesome Karybdis Merch) is available now from HERE