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Human Ground
Human Ground

I heard some mp3's of Human Ground's demo at the end of 2004, which were showing a band with a lot of potential. Well half a year later and this debut CD shows a band that have matured and progressed very quickly in such a short time.
The basics of the music is detuned death/thrash metal with a very modern (and distinctly Scandinavian) sound. There's also a strong influence from Metallica, especially in Tarvo's clean vocals (he can sound uncannily like James Hetfield at times). But, if we are to continue the parallel, I think that Human Ground's album is much better than the slightly lame "St. Anger", for several reasons; firstly there's the production, which reveals every nuance in the sound, yet is still solid, raw and engaging; secondly (and most importantly) there are the songs. I think the two of the best tracks on the album are "Waiting" and "Wrath of Ages" which show the band in a slower, darker light as opposed to the more frenetic material from their demo, which can sound a little generic by comparison. However, it is still of a high quality, and obviously it is quite difficult to be original nowadays.
I guess this album will appeal to a range of fans, from Metallica to Arch Enemy to Carcass. Truth is, most metal fans will quite at home playing this CD, yet there's enough depth and personality to make Human Ground stand out from the crowds of modern metal bands.

Author: Jamie Smith
Zine: Arcana Noctis
www.arcana-noctis.tk

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FlexOink  14.09.2005 23:38
Dude get your facts straight, the sexy bass player is actually the vocalist....


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