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HUMANITAS ERROR EST
HUMANITAS ERROR EST
Human Pathomorphism
(Satanath Records)
39:27min

"Human Error Is". That's the rough Latin / English translation for the name of this band. Also, morphology is a branch of biology dealing with the study of the form and structure of organisms. Pathomorphism is an abnormal morphology. So, if I can make ends meet, it would be safe to assume that HUMANITAS ERROR EST relies on misanthropic / nihilist themes for their lyrical concepts, paired with a really aggressive form of Black Metal. I got stuck in the first generation of Black Metal. And I dig some of the second generation bands. But besides that, this is not a genre I dwell into that often. That said, I do think that "Human Pathomorphism" is one solid album. After the fourth time I listened to this album, I started to get hints (that may be obvious to the Black Metal connoisseurs) of their influences. To my ears, there is an early CRADLE OF FILTH vibe to the clean / slow passages, then some DIMMU BORGIR epic parts and a lot of blast beats and tremolo riffing à la old SATYRICON. The best part of all is that you can actually pinpoint these influences, but HUMANITAS ERROR EST remains an identity of its own. I liked the dual vocal attack the most. S Caedes and Ghoul's performances are top notch and they add a lot of variation throughout the album. Surprisingly, some of the song structures are really complex for this genre. Or at least they seemed so to me. Production wise, the album sounds huge. Long gone are the super Lo-Fi crappy paper thin "kvlt" productions associated with this genre. The guitar and bass tones are heavy as hell, the drums pound their way across the 8 songs (plus 2 short instrumentals and an intro) and the vocals are really present. That is a detail I really welcomed since the usual Black Metal mix push the vocals back a lot. So, yes, "Human Pathomorphism" is a really solid Black Metal album. They are not re-inventing the genre, but their attitude and their take on this savage style of music deserve a lot of respect. HUMANITAS ERROR EST should be getting some buzz for this one, specially since this is their debut album and they have a lot to work with and improve. You can contact the band through their official website www.humanitaserrorest.com, or their official Facebook page www.facebook.com/humanitaserrorest. If you want to get their album, contact their label here: www.satanath.com

Alfonso Perez

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