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The Human Abstract


Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

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3 stars Midheaven is the second studio album from US heavy metal act The Human Abstract. In my review of the debut album from The Human Abstract called Nocturne (2006) I questioned why the band was present on PA, but after listening to Midheaven I found my answer. Itīs not that Midheaven is a progressive metal album in my ears, but it has lots of progressive elements that could warrant an inclusion depending on the ears that hear.

Since the debut founding member A.J. Minette ( Guitar, piano) has left the band and been replaced by Andrew Tapley ( guitar) and a sixth member has also been included to the ranks in Sean Leonard ( Keyboards).

The music is still melodic modern metal with occasional thrashy riffing and both clean and screaming, gruff vocals. This time some of the songs have more experimental structures though and borders progressive metal at times. The album opener A Violent Strike is the best example, but a song like Breathing Life into Devices has some pretty obvious progressive elements as well. Note all the neo-classical guitar notes that was also a big part of the sound on the debut.

The musicianship is excellent. Lots of fast and melodic playing, tight drumming and a strong vocalist ( his style is an aquired taste, but no one can dispute his skills).

The production was initially done by Toby Wright (Korn, Slayer, Alice in Chains), but the band had some disagreements over musical direction with him and changed producer along the way. The band finished the album with Leonard Simone and Jesse E. String co-producing the album. The sound quality is excellent. A really enjoyable modern metal production IMO.

There are still many parallels between a band like Avenged Sevenfold and The Human Abstract and I canīt help feeling that Iīve heard most of the material on Midheaven before. That doesnīt make it a bad release though and if you can stand the emo singing youīll probably enjoy this album greatly. The Human Abstract does tread enough new ground on Midheaven to stir clear of the generic label which is what I gave the band after listening to Nocturne, but donīt expect to hear great progressive achievements. A big 3 star rating from someone who might not be a fan of the genre but knows quality when he hears it.

UMUR | 3/5 |


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