Humanity Zero – Withered In Silence

Rating: 3.5/5
Distributor/label: Satanath Records
Distributor/label URL: http://www.satanath.com/
Released: 2017
Buy Album: https://satanath.bandcamp.com/album/sat176-humanity-zero-withered-in-isolation-2017
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/Humanity-Zero-1874318449463883/

Band line-up:

Dimon’s Night – all instruments
Johnie Panagiotidis – Vocals
Vaggelis Vee Kappa – lead Guitars
Stelakis-violin

Tracklisting:

1. Withered In Scars
2. Away From The Light
3. Reveries Of My Stained Mind
4. Fading In A Cryptic Obscurity
5. Solitary Confinement
6. Horrendous Growls
7. Blood Redemption
8. The Dungeon
9. Premonition

Review:

What a difference a few years makes. Humanity Zero were churning out a full length album on an annual basis since their first self titled release back in 2008. The Athenian album spurter Dimon’s Night, head honcho and only original member, has teamed up again with lead guitarist Vaggelis Vee Kappa and vocalist Johnie Panagiotidis (the artist formerly known as Giannia Necro-Scar) and have completely shaken the foundations of their death metal ethos to produce something a little bit different.

‘Withered In Isolation’ is a major left turn for the band as most of the straight up death metal elements have taken a back step and a more sombre and doom laden sound has come to prominence. The death growls from Johnie Panagiotidis are the most death metal akin parts which prevail throughput the album. Well, that and Dimon’s Night’s occasional burst into blasts and rapid fills which can appear and disappear within a moment’s notice.

The use of folk elements takes it a step further away from Humanity Zero’s roots. Songs such as ‘Away From The Light’ and ‘Fading In A Cryptic Obscurity’ uses violons for building a mournful sound that become all the more powerful when combined the harsh boom of vocals. The guitar lead work can be quite stellar at times with some, at times, psychedelic flurries of shifting notes and bends which are wrapped in a rich tone which heightens the atmosphere especially in ‘Horrendous Growls’.

Overall it is all a little unexpected but some moments are reminiscent of some of their earlier works. A major shift has occurred though but it is still a quality piece of music. Who knows if this is the future sound that Humanity Zero go for but I honestly don’t think that too many people would object if they did. They have written a highly dark, sorrowful and atmospheric piece of music which will resonate with those who love the deep feels that this album inspires.

Review by Pete Mutant
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