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If you are well versed in the genre of music known as “post-rock”, you would know that techniques such as delayed guitars, swells (long notes that fade in and out), and a really “wet” band mix are all common techniques that have been used time and time again by bands in the genre to the point where they may be perceived as cliches.

However, if done well, these techniques can be devices that carry much emotional value in a track. “Beyond Stryx Pt. 1” is one of them.

To my ears, they may not have the most novel composition, but the excellent use of guitar delays in this track do not feel pretentious at all. The relaxed, yet slick and complex drum groove in this song also give a very subtle uplift in the song.

If you listen to the track carefully, you may also notice that the delayed guitar riffs are merely the tip of the iceberg in Hubris’ sonic image; it is the underlying recurring sounds along with the solid bass that gels the whole ensemble.

All in all this is a great instrumental post-rock track that is well produced, mature and refreshing at the same time; it gives me one of those cathartic “ahhhh….life” feelings.

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About The Curator - Oliver Cheung

Oliver Cheung is a musician based in Hong Kong. Although he has recently released his debut instrumental progressive rock EP (titled Remembrance), it is only a part of what he wanted to create, as he pursue his passion in music and art with the question, “what else is out there?”

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