I was contacted by Hyperdriver-X, alt-metal band from Hartford, Connecticut in September 2021 to write about their new EP, ‘Rise’, and a bio for the band.
All-Hispanic Metallers Hyperdriver-X Begin Their Ascension with New EP – ‘RISE’
Emerging Hartford, CT alt-metallers Hyperdriver-X show plenty of ambition on their new EP – ‘RISE’.
Having begun life as a covers band in the New England area, bassist Walter Silva had bigger aspirations. Joined by lead vocalist Yariel Rosario, guitarist Luis “Zeo” Rios and drummer Tom Clark, the quartet aim to inspire and influence future generations with their brand of alternative metal.
With elements of prog rock, and nu-metal embedded within their riff-laden sound, ‘RISE’ follows 2018’s ‘Nonsensical Messages’ EP. It sees the four-piece realise their potential over six tracks that brilliantly blend various styles into one. In addition, they proudly wear their musical influences on their collective sleeve with flashes of Papa Roach, Incubus, Tool, and Deftones, alongside Hispanic bands La Sarita and Cuchillazo, appearing throughout ‘RISE’.
From ‘Something for Nothing’s mix of distorted riffs and soaring melodies, to the title track’s spiralling fretboard play and groove-laden rhythm, to the adrenaline-fuelled finale that is ‘They Say You Know Me’, ‘RISE’ highlights Hyperdriver-X’s versatility and confident musicianship.
This is emphasised within their thought-provoking lyrics. Songs such as ‘Enemies of Man’ have purpose as Hyperdriver-X addresses relatable social issues including being part of the Hispanic community.
“Our Hispanic influence plays big part our music, it brings a special groove to our songs” says Walter Silva. “It has allowed us to write about the experiences we have lived as minorities, here in the USA.”
Although ‘RISE’ touches on sensitive subjects such as drug abuse, economic inequality, and racial and educational disarray, Hyperdriver-X aim to unite and educate their growing fanbase. “The message we hope to send to the audience, is to try to understand the problems we witness in our daily lives, and how it affects us all,” Silva explains. “We need to support each other, so we can overcome these problems no matter our color or social status.”
Flourishing with a proud, positive, and informative outlook, ‘RISE’ ignites Hyperdriver-X’s potential – steering the quintet to a bright future.
Walter Silva (Bass/Backup Vocals) Yariel Rosario (Lead Vocalist) Luis “Zeo” Rios (Guitars) Tom Clark (Drums)
Hyperdriver-X are an all-Hispanic alt-metal band, based in Hartford CT. Through their riff-laden sound and soaring melodies, Yariel Rosario, bassist Walter Silva, guitarist Luis “Zeo” Rios and drummer Tom Clark aim to inspire and influence future generations.
While their influences include names such as Papa Roach, Incubus, Tool, and Deftones, as well as Hispanic bands La Sarita and Cuchillazo, Hyperdriver-X’s 2021 EP, ‘RISE’, confidently displays their versatility, embracing elements of prog rock and nu-metal along traditional alt-rock and metal.
With songs that address relatable social issues such as drug abuse, economic inequality, racial and educational disarray, and being part of the Hispanic community, Hyperdriver-X demonstrate thought-provoking lyrics that have a purpose.