Saturday, March 26, 2011

Humanity Falls "Ordaining the Apocalypse" Review

Humanity Falls Ordaining the Apocalypse LP

Most experimental music is hit or miss, and a lot of experimental death/grind isn’t really my cup of tea. Having said that I’d have to say I am quite impressed with New York’s Humanity Falls. The band is comprised of members from such notable bands as Animals Killing People, Andromorphus Rexalia, Merciless Mutilation and Psyphoria. Now for being a young band these guys do a good job at not lumping themselves in with most of the shitty bands that seem to dominate the underground scene. The perfect example is their debut full length entitled “Ordaining the Apocalypse”. The album seems to mix elements from bands such as Discordance Axis, Gorguts and Immolation along with its own distinct flare. The albums musical end which is held up by guitarist Ammo Diaz and drummer Ed Bednarek is pretty impressive. Ed’s drumming is super tight and definitely holds the fort down. Even though this album has a lot of blasting on it he does throw in some almost jazz esque drumming especially in the middle of the title track. I have to say the key ingredient on the record which makes it experimental is the guitar work of Ammo Diaz. His guitar riffs have an almost classical/jazz flare to it, and his notable moments on the record are on the tracks: No Room for Ingenuity, Prolonging the Inevitable, The False Enmity, Ordaining the Apocalypse, Immoral Abhorrence. The instrumental guitar track “At the Temple of Everlasting Condemnation” stands out giving the album a dark haunting undertone to it. The vocal assault delivered by Eston Browne is a guttural roar that is complemented by high shrieks almost in the vein of Cryptopsy and Discordance Axis. The lyrics are very anti religious and apocalyptic which best represents the band’s name and title of the album. The band’s cover of “Pattern Blue” from Discordance Axis is also done very well. The one thing that this album suffers from though, is the lack of a bass player. I think with the addition of a bass player it would thicken up the albums sound just a bit, especially on some of the more jazz driven sections on this album. Besides that this album is one of the better new releases that came out in 2010. I definitely recommend checking it out!

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