Album Review: Human Improvement Process – Deafening Dissonant Millennium

a2521107223_10Release Date: September 10, 2013 on Memorial Records

Tracks: 11

Length: 40 minutes

Genre: Technical Death Metal/Deathcore/Melodic

Previous releases: S.T.A.R.S  EP 2011,   In Crystalline Worlds Beyond EP  2011

 

Description: This is the debut album from an Italian band with an interesting name; Human Improvement Process. It’s action-filled music that is heavy and technical and I have to say the music is very melodic for belonging in this style. It’s experimental, with plenty of electronic sounds mixed into the songs and it gives off an unexpected industrial feeling, which spice things up a bit.

There are several nice melodic passages and every now and then you can hear clean rock vocals as well as hardcore-styled screaming. These additions are very much needed, since pure deathcore can become repetitive and exhausting after a while, and it gives the music a bit of originality.

When I listen to ‘Deafening Dissonant Millennium‘ I like to follow the drumming; it’s aggressive, at times quite impressive and energetic. The guitars have several moments where they really shine, especially the riffs during the slower parts and they are put to brilliant use in the more ambient-sounding guitar work, like in the end of title track, the second half of ‘Erase’ and in most of ‘Architecture Of A Dying Sun’. It adds a contrasting feeling to the heavy music, which is very enjoyable. The seventh track ‘Materioscura’ is instrumental and is entirely made of calm, acoustic guitar melodies. Very beautiful and surprising.

It may sound weird, but almost every song on the album becomes really interesting during the last two minutes, when the vocals change, the clean guitars kick in and the overall feeling is more emotional and less mechanical. It might just be my preference and taste, or is it again a matter of contrasts? The beginning of most the tracks are filled with relentless, boring grinding and chugging which makes the changes in pace, vocals and guitars so very welcome at the end of the songs.

Strong points: There are many strong moments scattered throughout the album; the electronic sounds are really cool, nice guitars, it has some wonderful melodic death metal parts, good vocals, everything is technically great.

Weak points: I hear lots of potential in this band’s work, but it needs to be a more cohesive and consistent without being too much of the same structures in the songs. It needs more variety to hold my attention through a whole album. And it needs more bass, preferably plenty of awesome bass solos!

Recommended songs: Deafening Dissonant Millennium, Architecture Of  A Dying Sun, Erase

Conclusion: This is a good first full length from a young band that is just in the beginning of their musical career. There’s lots of potential, and from the different influences Human Improvement Process show on this album it feels like they can go in many directions from here. Who knows, maybe their next album will be a really heavy, energetic melo-death release? I certainly wouldn’t mind.

https://www.facebook.com/HumanImprovementProcess

http://hipband.bandcamp.com

Full Album Stream:

 

Advertisements

About Irmelinis

A friend told me that I was delusional. I almost fell off my unicorn.

Posted on November 1, 2013, in Album Reviews, Tales From Bandcamp & Full Album Streams and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: