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Album Review

Hyde concocts a malevolent musical masterpiece on their 2002 release, aptly titled A Beautiful Nightmare. Blistering bouts of thunderous hardcore/metal assault the listener's ears from the opening of "Tell Me You Love Me" to the macabre scenarios one is treated to on "Skin Mask." It is quite apparent that these five men excel at pulverizing one's eardrums. While the album is rather predictable for anyone familiar with Hyde's brand of metalcore, A Beautiful Nightmare is one of the better albums of its genre, as the listener will find a multitude of technically proficient heavy metal that can satisfy even the most ravenous of musical appetites. Accompanying these intense noise blasts are two solid instrumentals ("Separation" and "Dying in the Sun") that allow one to truly see the skill Hyde possess. The only real annoyance presented with the album is the seemingly endless amount of silent filler that builds up to a hidden track which isn't nearly worth the time to hear. Aside from that one aggravating element, Hyde has once again delivered with an excellent batch of brutal tunes. ~ Jason D. Taylor, Rovi


Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

Hyde (or hyde, as his name is sometimes listed on solo releases) has enjoyed a successful career in visual kei coryphaei L'Arc-en-Ciel, but his solo work has been no less successful. His songwriting brought him sales and allowed him to enter the movie industry as a composer, and his showmanship led to an acting career as well as memorable live performances that he has both given and hosted. Supposedly born in 1969 (he's secretive about his privacy), Hyde joined L'Arc-en-Ciel in 1991, transferring...
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