HYSTERICA

Heavy Metal / Non-Metal • Sweden
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Hysterica are a heavy metal band from Sweden, formed in 2005 by guitarist Bitchie, who had a vision of an all female heavy metal band. The initial line-up of Hysterica was completed by vocalist Sinderella, drummer Helln`, bassist Exotica and keyboardist Electra. They band played their first gig the same year.

They released a demo in 2006 which was a great success for the band. Following the demo some line-up changes were made with the addition of a second guitarist, Rockzilla. In 2007 Exotica and Electra both left the band. Satanica became the band's new bassist, but Electra was not replaced.

Vocalist Sinderella was double booked when the band was due to appear at Sweden rock festival. Eighteen year old singer Anni De Vil filled in for her at the gig and in 2008 become the new voice of the band when Sinderella decided to leave.

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HYSTERICA Metalwar album cover 3.57 | 5 ratings
Metalwar
Heavy Metal 2009
HYSTERICA The Art of Metal album cover 4.77 | 6 ratings
The Art of Metal
Heavy Metal 2012

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HYSTERICA All In album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
All In
Heavy Metal 2015

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HYSTERICA Demo album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Demo
Heavy Metal 2006

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HYSTERICA singles (5)

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4.50 | 2 ratings
Force of Metal
Heavy Metal 2011
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5.00 | 2 ratings
Message From the Dark
Heavy Metal 2011
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4.95 | 2 ratings
Heels Of Steel
Heavy Metal 2011
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4.95 | 2 ratings
Fighters of the Century
Heavy Metal 2011
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3.50 | 1 ratings
Ease my Mind
Non-Metal 2015

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HYSTERICA The Art of Metal

Album · 2012 · Heavy Metal
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The Art of Metal is the second studio album from Swedish all female metal band Hysterica. Although originally slated to be released in October 2011 following a ‘one single a month’ build up that began in April 2011 the singles stopped coming after the fourth (of seven) and the album never actually got released until March 2012, almost a year since the first single, Force of Metal, saw its digital release. While it’s definitely a good thing that the singles stopped coming, if they hadn’t we’d ultimately only got three tracks we hadn’t heard before by the time of the album arrived, it’s also definitely been an tantalising wait for The Art of Metal to finally hit the shelves. Seven of the songs on the album have a piece of associated artwork with it, hence why the album is titled The Art of Metal.

As suggested by the four singles (Force of Metal, Message from the Dark, Heels of Steel & Fighters of the Century) the wait is very much worth it. There were a couple of issues I took with the band’s already pretty darn good debut album Metalwar (2009), mainly a disappointingly low amount of really noteworthy guitar parts, and overall it was lyrically a very cheesy release. Both these issues have been addressed on The Art of Metal. While some of the lyrics are still a bit cheesy, Force of Metal especially, we’ve got a much more mature brand of song writing overall from the girls. The instrumentation is much improved on all counts as well. There are actually some changes in this department of the band, as guitarist RockZilla left the band in 2009. Rather than replace her Hysterica has instead brought in Marydeath, a keyboardist. This isn’t as radical a change as it sounds, as Marydeath isn’t the band’s first keyboardist. A pre-Metalwar incarnation of the band had a keyboardist called Electra, who was with the band for their 2006 demo. Compared to Metalwar however, the keyboards offer a more modern heavy metal sound, with only a brief excursion into symphonic metal territory during Spirit of the Age. Otherwise the keys flesh out Hysterica’s sound into something that is a much more polished version on Metalwar’s approach.

There are some musical surprises to be found though. Message from the Dark is much longer than any of the band’s previous songs, and everything else on the album as well, clocking in at just over seven minutes. It’s also a more laid back affair that features some really emotive guitar playing from remaining guitarist Bitchie, and the slow tempo lends it something of a faint doom metal feel to it. Although I love the whole album I have say that it’s this song that is the album’s crowning achievement on all levels. Other parts of the album lean more towards the power metal genre, especially the closer Daughters of the Night, but there are parts pushing towards the style throughout the release. Since there can be a fine line between heavy and power metal this isn’t really as noteworthy as their drawing sounds from other styles, which is why we now have to move on to the biggest difference compared to Metalwar, the vocals.

On Metalwar lead singer Anni De Vil proved herself a more than capable vocalist for the band, but on The Art of Metal she really shines. Her style however has changed to include a lot more death growling though. While Metalwar had a few brief moments of harsh vocals dotted about the tracks there was never any doubt that you were listening to a traditional heavy metal album. While I’d still say that The Art of Metal is a heavy metal album, most of the music behind Anni is definitely within this vein, I struggle to bring myself to call it heavy metal in the ‘traditional’ sense, as there’s far too much death growling going on for that. I guess despite the instrumentation that The Art of Metal could perhaps be considered something of a heavy metal and melodic death metal hybrid, although really the only thing remotely death metal about this is those growling vocals, and those are most definitely in the death metal vein. It’s a tricky game labelling genres at times, but I do like it when an album comes along that pushes the boundaries of a style, which The Art of Metal certainly does. Anni is just as capable at growling as she is singing cleanly though, so I’m not at all opposed to the use of so much growling on the album. Actually this is one of the few cases where growls in a heavy or power metal environment actually work and don’t make me think the band should leave such things to the extreme metal acts. In the same breath I can’t say I’d like the album any less if Anni stuck to her cleans, because she’s really sensational at those, but perhaps that’s testament to the strength of the material.

The one thing that hasn’t changed is that Hysterica still produces the kind of metal music that is energetic and about having a damn good time, and with The Art of Metal the band are doing that better than ever before. With all issues with their previous material remedied there’s no reason not to award Hysterica with a top tier score for The Art of Metal, even if the music isn’t the most complex or as groundbreaking as it could be. Of course with an album such as this there’s always a chance that once you’ve given it several listens it doesn’t seem to be as exceptional as it may have originally seemed (this happened with Metalwar for me), so I’ve given The Art of Metal many plays through, a full dozen actually plus my personal favourite songs on their own sometimes on top of that, before finalising this review, and tell you what, the album sounds just as strong now as it did on my first listen. Being hooked on this album doesn’t even begin to cover it. Here Hysterica finds just the right balance between homage to the heavy metal they clearly love and song writing that you can sink your teeth into and take seriously. The album comes very highly recommended!

9.8/10

(Originally written for Heavy Metal Haven (http://metaltube.freeforums.org))

HYSTERICA Fighters of the Century

Single · 2011 · Heavy Metal
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Fighters of the Century is the fourth and at the time of writing most recent single release from Hysterica from the build up to the release of their second album The Art of Metal. Although previous single Message from the Dark was surprising because of its length and emotive style, this one shocks even more since deep down this really isn’t a traditional heavy metal song. The death growls that were cropping up in the other released songs take a much larger role here, being used in the verses, while the clean vocals return for the choruses. It’s clear as of this song that The Art of Metal is going to be a traditional heavy metal album, but not in the traditional sense of the term, if you’ll pardon the paradox. This one is actually closer to melodic death metal than anything else. Another excellent track though, and it leaves me wanting even more from the band. Three more singles to go before the album, so I guess we’ll have heard most of it by the time it finally hits the shelves, but I know I’ll be getting as soon as humanly possible.

(Originally written for Heavy Metal Haven as a part of a bulk review for four singles, scored at 9.6/10)

HYSTERICA Heels Of Steel

Single · 2011 · Heavy Metal
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Hells of Steel is the 3rd single from The Art of Metal. This one is much shorter than the previous Message from the Dark, and like Force of Metal has a focus on being a true rocking track with no frills attached, and having no shame it just doing that. A great song that also uses a few death growls here and there, but otherwise contains some classic heavy metal attitude with Hysterica’s distinct feminine twist. Three singles in and it’s very clear that all the issues that this reviewer had with Metalwar have been remedied. If Hysterica isn’t a force to be reckoned with come the release of The Art of Metal then I’ll be a very confused man.

(Originally written for Heavy Metal Haven as a part of a bulk review for four singles, scored at 9.5/10)

HYSTERICA Message From the Dark

Single · 2011 · Heavy Metal
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Message from the Dark was the second song the band released as a single. This one is very different to anything that the band has done so far. It’s longer, and features balladry parts, have has a much deeper feel to it. Like with Force of Metal the improvement in the group’s musicianship is noteworthy, but the stronger writing and lack of focus on cheesy lyrics is what really strikes me with this one. Some of the riffs have a doom feel to them and singer Anni De Vil switches to some death growls for some brief parts of the song. Guitarist Bitchie’s lead work is emotive and skilful, and another big plus for this track. I foresee this one as an overall highly of the forthcoming album.

(Originally written for Heavy Metal Haven as a bulk review for four singles, scored at 9.8/10)

HYSTERICA Force of Metal

Single · 2011 · Heavy Metal
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(Note - I originally reviewed four Hysterica singles as a bulk review, so this one includes my introductory paragraph since its the first one. The reviews should really be read in order of single release to be taken in context)

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Swedish all female heavy metal band Hysterica has been releasing a lot of singles this year in the run-up to the release of their second full-length album, The Art of Metal, which is due out in October. Four are out so far, with three to go before release, so I decided to write a bulk review for the four of them in order to stir up a bit of interest for the album, because if the rest is of the same quality as these, then we’re in for a serious treat!

Force of Metal is the first single from The Art of Metal to be released. So far this is the weakest song of the bunch, but it’s still a superior effort to anything from the group’s already solid debut album Metalwar. At first the song comes across as more of the same from the band, but a more polished more of the same. The improvement of the band as musicians can be heard at once. Since Metalwar the group have swapped one of the guitarists for a keyboardist, and the new sounds add new depth to Hysterica’s music. This is a good song, but having heard this track one cannot help but wonder if the whole album will be like it – lyrically cheesy, much like the first one. However the girls will then prove that The Art of Metal will not be a one trick pony with the next single release...

(Originally written for Heavy Metal Haven, scored at 9.2/10)

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