Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Human Transmutation - "Dogs of The Military EP" Review

Fucking anime, man. It's weird, colorful, uncomfortable, and hard to get into. I was never a fan outside of the Miyazaki movies and a few select shows like Trigun, Dragonball Z and Fullmetal Alchemist. The latter of which is the theme behind this new band, Human Transmutation. When this EP was sent to me, I was instantly intrigued with the possibilities. I thought there was gonna be some sci-fi weirdness in the riffs and maybe some interesting musical textures. To keep with the theme a bit. So I'm listening to it, and yeah, this is definitely based on Fullmetal Alchemist. Every one of these 6 tracks opens with come sample from the show, and they lyrics and song titles also borrow from it. Musically, it's machine drum grindcore a la early Agoraphobic Nosebleed. Good drum programming all around, but everything else is so blanketed in distortion that it's near impossible to pick anything out. The vocals are very up-front in the mix, and the guitars are so fuzzy and dirty that I can't make out any riffs. The drums offer more interesting part than the guitars on this! So, all I'm left with is a 4 minute blur of drums, guitar noise and anime samples. I definitely think this project can do way, way better and has some potential. But I wouldn't ever listen to this again after this review. Maybe next time guys.

Rating: 4/10

(Disclosure: Human Transmutation sent me a download for review)


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