Hybrid Nightmares - Almagest
Almagest is the debut concept album from Melbourne’s progressive extreme quintet Hybrid Nightmares. As a fully realized concept album, Almagest takes the listener on a journey through the heavenly spheres as imagined by Aristotle. This journey, both spiritual and thematic, is undertaken by an automaton known as the Pilgrim, and his two guides - a la Dante and Virgil - who light his way and offer him differing perspectives relative to their callings – one being a spiritual or faithful presence, the other being a man of science and reason. With his guides, the Pilgrim journeys via pseudo astral projection that takes him from the grave he was buried in with his beloved master, to the outer reaches of the heavenly spheres where he encounters the primordial force that Aristotle theorised was some kind of Prime Mover, a that name later became synonymous with the Christian God at the advent of that faith. Combining Greek and Roman theology, mythology and astronomy with Renaissance religious symbolism and esotericism, Almagest is the culmination of centuries of mysticism and ancient philosophies portrayed through a sci-fi lens all within the melancholic milieu of Hybrid’s signature sound.