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Human Ground
Human Ground

I’m not sure how many Estonian bands I’ve heard of (never mind actually heard) but I’m sure I could count them on the fingers of one hand. Human Ground was founded (in early 2004) by Tarvo Valm (guitar & vocals) upon returning to his native homeland after spending the previous 5 years in Los Angeles. This is a very enjoyable album, HG play very catchy rhythmic death metal mixed with splashes of clean vocals and some elements of cyber metal and power metal. There is a lot of variety in the tracks but they all contain the same basic make up, though the vocals run the gamut of death & black to clean they are all well articulated and work well in the song structures. It is a very easy record to listen to and pretty soon it gets you tapping and nodding, it’s certainly not all out death metal rampage more sort of easy listening death or death metal lite (both descriptions sound awful I know but the band doesn’t), I think HG would be the sort of band that would attract newcomers to the joys of the underground as they are catchy enough to get airplay and still heavy enough to encourage people to experiment. They remind me of a mixture of Entombed, Fear Factory, Machine Head & many others. All in all a very good first release from an obviously talented band who could become very popular (plus they’ve got a very attractive female bass player – sexist reviewer), Worth a listen but just don’t expect anything too extreme

Author: Ian Bradshaw
Zine: Golden Lake

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