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Review: Human Dirge - Seventy Times Seven
Human Dirge
Seventy Times Seven

Label: Independent
Year released: 2009
Duration: 14:12
Tracks: 3
Genre: Melodic Death Metal

Rating: 3.25/5

Review online: August 26, 2009
Reviewed by: Jason Cominetto
Readers Rating
Seventy Times Seven

Rated 3.75/5 (75%) (4 Votes)

Some label needs to sign Human Dirge and get their music out there, as this band has the potential to make themselves, and possibly their future record label, a great deal of money. They play a mostly accessible type of Melodic Death without going too far over the edge through use of overly harsh vocals or feeling the need to use symphonic keyboards. The speed set by the guitars is very fast, yet not too "thrash-y," and sets the tempo for vocalist John Balla (the drums don't do anything to stand out… they're just there for the most part), who is really the only member of the band putting the "melodic" in the band's Melodic Death sound. Balla is a great vocalist who sets the tone for the band's sound, yet never over-emotes and puts just the right amount of feeling into each section of each song which he seems to have so intricately laid out.

Other than that, there are obviously a few gripes with this demo. The structures of all three songs are nearly exactly the same, and they don't really feel independent enough from one another. With that, the guitars hardly stray from their comfort zone, and while there are some solos to be found, none of them have the hooks to make them memorable. If Human Dirge can differentiate their songs a bit and step outside the box while ensuring their vocalist puts just as much effort into their future work as he did into this demo, then they you may just be seeing their name a bit more. Until then, this demo is a fair representation of what the band is capable of.

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