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Review: Human Debris - Wrought From Anguish
Human Debris
Wrought From Anguish

Label: Independent
Year released: 2014
Duration: 35:14
Tracks: 8
Genre: Melodic Death Metal

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: February 3, 2014
Reviewed by: Christopher Foley
Readers Rating
Wrought From Anguish

Rated 3.4/5 (68%) (5 Votes)

This is admittedly some pretty cool melodic death metal. Whilst I do have issues with the genre as a whole, I can certainly appreciate it when done well. I think Human Debris definitely have their shortcomings, but for the most part this is involving, and like I said pretty cool. Their style takes from the Finnish and Swedish schools of the genre, with the lead guitars in particular reminding me of the Finnish bands. You know, substituting riffs for lead melodies - not a bad thing in itself when split up with actual riffs.

Human Debris cram a fair bit into the thirty-five minutes of their sophomore effort, and each song brings something different to the table. In a way they remind me of country men Words Of Farewell, definitely so in terms of melody, as well as having that distinct German tinge, although these guys are nowhere near as polished or concise. There's an element of Suidakra present too, which furthers Human Debris' appeal, and is particularly evident in highlight "Crimson Tears". There's certainly plenty going on throughout though, with plenty of riffs, changing rhythms, acoustic segments and the aforementioned Finnish styled lead guitars.

There isn't all that much I've found niggling here. I guess some of the vocals could use a little work. They serve up a few different styles, obviously the atypical coarse growl which is fine and to be expected, as well as some clean vocals which are surprisingly well done. It's the less frequent guttural vocals and the odd emo croon (see that latter half of "Radiation Damage"), which could use work, or ideally be omitted from the band's sound. I'm also unsure as to why every bloody song has to end with random audio excerpts. Is there some grand concept to this album I'm unaware of? Maybe there is, but either way these audio excerpts are redundant and add nothing to the listening experience; feeling more like padding than anything, completely unnecessary.

That aside, the material itself is largely enjoyable, and certainly boasts potential. A few rough edges do not hurt the band all that much in the end, but it's certainly something I'd like to see ironed out in the future. For now though, you're going to want to check this out if you're a fan of the style. Particularly the more happening, melodic acts, as Human Debris have a tendency to get a little fluffy in their guitar melodies.

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