Release date June 12th 2015
A Review from Reckless Ronny
By the time they released “Fragments Of An Incomplete Puzzle” 2009 the band began performing more gigs throughout Europe while also gaining international interest. In 2011 Ken Uhlig departed the band and they recruited Simeon Keller on 2nd axe duties, completing their first release with Bastardized Recordings “Living On The Razor’s Edge”. With the band branching out into a more diversified direction with hints of instrumental neoclassical-progressive groove metal and a track or two with a folk-celtic taste, the songwriting has a NWOBHM approach combined with brutal death metal execution, exploring new concepts and musical ideas. Which led them into the studio in 2013 to begin work on their fourth full-length release when the project was put on hold with Marcus and Hendrik leaving the fold. Never being discouraged, the remaining members continued to write material with Kai composing and tracking bass lines filling the void left by Hendrik and the introduction of Marcus “Osher” Friedrich handling main vocals. Maximillian Von Muller is the bands newest member covering bass arrangements, completing
this band as whole again.
With Dying Humanity’s forthcoming release “Deadened” the band is fully awake, tapping into various metal styles and songwriting structures, that weave dynamic tapestries throughout the album. From the opening title track we are greeted by a hypnotic mandolin with an Arabic electricity to it, that builds into an eagerly anticipated-explosive metal madness, introducing “Oshers” vocal capabilities on a grand scale. The song has a perfect thrash/death metal blend with an interesting monologue track halfway through of George Carlins’ view on God, bringing the album’s theme forefront concerning mental disorders and the beliefs that in-chain them. This song is riveting and full of intriguing arrangements that will not leave the listener disappointed.
Never being afraid of being pigeonholed in this world of music genres or sub-genres Dying Humanity let’s the music write itself. Engaging a broad range of fans through diverse thought-provoking or encouragingly dramatic tracks like “Delusion” –with a thrashy metal core - pushing all- to the front .This metal brigade includes; massive guitar sweeps, a clean vocal chorus and a very memorable melody, all backed by Danny’s insanely talented drum work. The band embraces all elements of metal with ease.
“Beyond Redemption” blasts out of the speakers like a - well orchestrated firework’s display at a bone crushing pace. With melodic -interludes constantly building back up into mammoth choruses that thunder across the sky. Low guttural vocals combined with hellcat screams rain down like fire and brimstone, accompanied with intense fretwork, are sure to satisfy the most avid mosh pit.
Commanding your attention is track four “I Am King” which the band, have released as an official video. Dying Humanity belt out their metal majesty, straight from the gut, commanding the charge and taking no prisoners. Dwelling madness looms behind the Emperor’s eyes and impending death awaits those who disobey his reign. A definite powerhouse, of epic portions, one of my favorite tracks on this album.
Speaking of albums - if “Deadened” is to be pressed on vinyl “Psychotic Illusion” is a fitting last song on side A. Although this is maybe not considered a concept album I would disagree, seeing how there is a main thread of exploring mental disorders or the creation of insanity within mankind, this track is a reprise of the second track “Delusion”. Carrying forward the songs’ creative structure and ideals of never give up and never give in.
Flipping on through the second half of this album “Feed Him To The Lions” battles hard and fast, eye for eye and tooth for tooth, going straight for the jugular with no remorse. The song combines a fast thrash groove to it while embracing a huge death metal sound, straight to the point /out of the gate/ with the rumble full on. Only one shall leave the gladiator arena, enemy or beast. This one deserves your speakers set to max!
Dying humanity is foremost a guitar orientated band with the songwriting originating around well-crafted riffs and passages. The one and only instrumental track on the album comes to us in the shape of “Oblivion” which starts out with subtle acoustic guitar and bass using a classical Spanish fingerpicking style at a slow smooth pace. Laid-back drum rolls and sharp cymbal splashes progress into a quick double time tempo with epic proportions. Thick guitar riffs and fast marching double beats carry the song to a new level and gently bring it back down to a single acoustic ending. A simple memorable melody that evolves like an acorn into a mighty oak.
Fast thrashy speed metal is unleashed on “Ashes Of Destiny” with Marcus’ bellowing vocals full of diverse death metal range, are accompanied by thick choppy guitar riffs that will pound this one straight through your skull. Full of passion and rage with smooth tempo transitions and great breakdowns throughout. A superb track!
“Devious Greed” plays out like an aerial dogfight with sonic speed. Each instrument chasing each other with machine guns blazing returning fire, swooping back and forth, rising and diving with each double bass blast. A powerful and tightknit tune, well-crafted (like a fighter jet) displaying Dying Humanity’s talents and extreme musicianship.
Finishing off this album let’s take a look through “Bloodshot Eyes” and see the madness that dwells behind them. Feeling the weight of the world, full of struggle and angst- bleed through your speakers with this monster, it pulses on like a locomotive through your brain. Fast thrash groove that changes into many shapes and forms with high-stepping mosh pit swagger, quietly ending with a 12 string acoustic and snare.
The material on Deadened is more precise and unique, with a striped down approach unlike their previous work. Responsive and dynamic like a well-crafted turbocharged German motor seeking twists and turns along the way. The drum tracking and rhythm section follow smoothly with the many guitar attack’s working together as one, rather than in competition resulting in a freer sound and overall perfect blending of rich melodics and face melting metal music. Dying Humanity have found their sound full of texture and range knowing what works and what doesn’t.
I predict this release will give 5 out of 5 people “broken necks” from headbanging \m/ >< \m/
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