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Human Dirge

Label: Independent
Year released: 2007
Duration: 18:32
Tracks: 4
Genre: Heavy/Thrash


Review online: April 27, 2008
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
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Rated 3.33/5 (66.67%) (3 Votes)

Human Dirge play a rather modern-sounding form of Heavy/Thrash metal - kind of heavy, but in a "groovy" form, and mostly slow to mid-paced which taken all together give this a kind of gloomy atmosphere overall.  The vocals vary from a clean, "desperate-sounding" - sort of a lamenting style to a growl that's half way between Melodic Death Metal and Metalcore (much more of the former, thankfully.)  The riffs are fat-sounding and often pretty catchy - the style that are more "foot taping"-inducing than headbanging.  This is a very 2000-ish style of heavy guitar that many old schoolers such as myself are not too fond of – especially since it's been used so much by many crappy trendy bands, but it comes out alright here. One can still hear bits of an old school sound in the riffs and solos popping up here and there, but not to the point of getting too excited.  Beside some of the vocal work, the occasional muddy playing is a bit of a turn off; even though that doesn't usually last too long, it kind of breaks the mood.

Human Dirge mix a few styles here, and it does feel a little bit like a band experimenting with various sounds, in search of its identify.  Hopefully they'll find it in the better parts of this EP and drop the more dumbed-down styles that made their way in a couple of songs.  Not bad.

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