Friday, 11 March 2011
Review #3 - The Human Abstract - Digital Veil
Today i will be reviewing The Human Abstracts latest effort Digital Veil. With having an original release due out sometime early February, and being pushed back to March 8th i was disappointed. They had released the first single from the album Faust way back in November, and since having my ears raped of awesomeness from that track, i have been looking forward to the release since. Having released 3/7 songs before the actual release, i had a pretty concrete idea of what to expect from the other 4 songs : head crushing technicality, great production, amazing harsh and clean vocals and just a great sound, and well, fuck, did they deliver on that. With having new vocalist Travis Richter in on the equation, as well as original Nocturne guitarist, A.J Minette back with the band things were looking good.
The first track Elegiac opens with a melodic, beautifully played acoustic piece that sounds almost like something you would hear during a depressing scene in a Mexican themed movie, which erupts into a solo and finishes off at a little over 2 minutes, completely instrumental. A great way to open an album. The next three tracks are technical, fast, loud and make you just want to break shit. Complex Terms, Digital Veil, and Faust are the harder songs on the album, and a great way to make the listener really get pulled into the album for the firs time.
The next four tracks, Antebellum, Holographic Sight, Horizon To Zenith, and Patterns are just as technical as the previous tracks, full of solo's, guitar sweeps and awesome compositions, but they also focus more on the melodic side of THA. With more clean singing than the first half of the album, more melodic, sing-along type choruses, and Antebellum coming in at an almighty 7 1/2 minutes, you can pretty much tell the epicness of this album.
All and all, the record is, in my opinion, the best record to have been released so far this year. With slow melodic parts, quick head banging parts, and everything in between, this record is a must pick up for fans of Protest The Hero, Between The Buried And Me, and anyone who can appreciate talented musicians doing what they do best.
Lasting Appeal: 9/10
The Human Abstract - Digital Veil
Posted by Jared Vitone at 13:20