If you were to put together the melodies of Feeder with the audio-ferocity of Pantera then you would have something like The Hiddn. The Brighton group return with their new single, Egocide which is a track blurring genres and littered with guitars.
Almost like a love letter to the variety of rock genres the 90s gave us, Egocide has soaring vocal choruses with gritty distorted guitar work hand in hand.
Egocide’s early moments deliver grunge-like production with more ferocious guitars than their inspirations. The chorus is a juxtaposition to almost lose the guitars and give easy-going vocals are try.
It’s a back and forth track, however, as climbing guitars return with lengthy singing notes that Layne Staley would be proud of. The bridge is a further descent into the darker aspects of the song whispers and background production blasting into your ears.
The ripping guitar solo is a welcome progression and it is sad to lose the guitars in the chorus. The outro returns to that filthy shredding tonality as if it was sampled out of Cowboy’s From Hell and presents The Hiddn as a band that can do both, but when they go hard, they go hard.
Whilst the chorus almost feels sugary sweet in comparison, it is still catchy, especially vocal-wise, but it’s a song dominated by its guitar work and if we have a whole album of this coming soon, it’s going to be a brutal affair.