HUMANART – (Further) Into the Depths

Rating: 3.5/5
Distributor/label URL: Dark Age Works/https://www.facebook.com/DarkAgeWorks
Released: 2019
Buy Album [URL]: https://humanart.bandcamp.com/album/further-into-the-depths
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/Humanart/

Band line-up:

JJ – Lead Guitar
Sathronus – Vocals
Fareal – Rhythm Guitar 
Leyak – Bass (guest)
Njiord – Drums (live)

 Tracklisting: 

1. Opening the Gates 02:36
2. Underground Slut 04:11
3. Lodge of Filth 05:16
4. Victorious Path 06:53
5. Invocation 05:40
6. Iron Cross 04:55
7. Nefilim 03:46
8. Black Crusade 06:07

Review:

They have been around since 1998, playing black metal. They are putting out a traditional black metal effort which draws inspiration from the ’90s scene, and where they present their unique interpretation forged and aged in the last two decades of the underground. The album was recorded and produced at Hanuman Studio by Bruno Silva and mastered in Sweden at Necromorbus Studio by Tore Stjerna (Armagedda, Behexen, Funeral Mist, Merrimak, Watain). It will be released (Ltd Edition Digipack – 500) by Dark Age Works, distributed by Ultraje, with Design made by Gustavo Sazes (Morbid Angel, Arch Enemy, Machine Head).

The album starts off with an instrumental track with synths, spoken word and war samples that get things off to an interesting beginning. The vocals are mostly screaming/strained sounding, the band plays tight and gives a lot of energy to the songs. My favourite song was ‘Iron Cross’, with the power, the varied vocals on this song and just how incredible it was, just devastating. The following song, ‘Nefilim’ was another standout that I enjoyed, having the same kind of vibe of the previous song. The more mid-paced sounds mixed in with the heavy riffing really added to this release. The production is pretty clear and doesn’t mash everything together so that you can’t hear the band properly. They show that they are more diverse than you might think with some added keys here and there.

The band have given the world another dose of heaviness that really keeps the band moving in the right direction to not only keep old fans but gain new ones as well. You get your dose of old-school black metal with a bit of more up-to-date sounds that work well for them.

Review by:

Rick Ecker

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