Saturday, May 14, 2011
Humanity Falls - Ordaining The Apocalypse (2010)
Band: Humanity Falls
Country: New York
Style: Experimental Death Metal/Grindcore
Label: The Path Less Traveled Records
The whole deathgrind scene isn't something I usually delve into, as most of it just doesn't do it for me. While I'm aware of several bands doing this sort of thing, most of them end up sounding pretty much the same, to my ears anyway. Since these guys were so kind as to ask me to give this a review, I figure I might as well try my hand at an experimental version of the genre.
I guess the first thing that really struck me on here was the production, which for the genre that they're playing, doesn't really work in my opinion. Instead of a bass heavy production, which is the style that I'm most familiar hearing in the brutal deathgrind scene, this is much more raw and sort of under produced, sounding a great deal quieter than most albums. I really don't think the production on here does the band justice, as it really underwhelms me, personally. This honestly sounds like it could be more of a demo than a full-length, to me anyway, but it just sounds too under produced to be a quality full-length album.
The band's style is a lot more interesting than most deathgrind band's I've listened to; and their more spastic style of playing is quite entertaining. While some tracks are quite good and feature some nice riffing, The False Enmity for instance, others just fail to impress and don't leave a lasting impression. I'm sure many are probably wondering if being crazy permits the title of experimental, well no, it doesn't, and the band don't even really move into experimental territory till about half-way into the record, with tracks like the post-rock sounding At The Temple of Everlasting Condemnation or the trippy title-track, Ordaining The Apocalypse. The vocals are pretty well varied from track to track, ranging from guttural lows to more high pitched wines and screams, and coming from someone who's listened to the vocalist's other band, Animals Killing People, I have to say his stuff on here is a lot better and tolerate.
Overall, this is a decent debut full-length, but I feel like the production just stops this from being all that it could be. Like I said, I'm not a big deathgrind fan to begin with, and that's pretty much half of this record. If you're into the more spastic sort of grindcore, check these guys out.
Overall Score: 7
Highlights: To Have Or to Be?, Denounced Manifestation, Ordaining The Apocalypse