Performances on the album: Chuck Labossiere - Lead vocals/rhythm guitar Gillishammer - Lead vocals Andrew Wiens - Lead & rhythm guitar/backing vocals Mike Janssen - Bass Drums on 'Phantasm' and 'Being in the Sky' by Matt Penner All other drums by George Parfitt Keyboards by Will Janssen
Review of the cd 'Humanitorium'. The tracks from the album accompanied with my review of each:
Black Fever This tune contains varied tempos that allows for many elements and layers to the song. The ripping guitar riffs have me hanging for more. Video link for this tune here: http://youtu.be/uj1Qzprn_cY
Psychotic Gardening I feel more of a groove beat to this tune, but with the unmistable doom sounding keyboard accompaniment. From the lyrics we hear the words, “my spirit will walk as I slip beyond reality”. I love that! Hearing the wahwah peddle used for the guitar, sweet!
Burning Angels The reason doom was invented. This tune sets a very dark mood and feel.
Withering Servant With the guitar picks starting the tune, we are then slammed with a brutal onslaught of all the instruments of the band, including the vocals. A conversation in the lyrics takes the vocals from growl to a cleaner sound, then back to growl.
Daze of the Weak This is song is very busy. Filled with lots to hear. Are those chimes I hear? Nice touch!
Phantasm (a Possessed cover) This cover is a salute to the original. The opening of snarled screams, the rhythmic guitar riffs with drums and bass, and then we are slammed with the demonic vocals and keyboards leads the listener to a manifestation of extreme guitar hooks. With well placed drum beats we are adrift at the end with the help of the keyboards and almost meloncholy sound from the lead guitar. Follow this link to the vid: http://youtu.be/QfmQCNdVH3Q
Being in the Sky Introduction starts us off with softer vocals, followed by a more aggressive tone. The growl comes out with a vengeance. “Attempt to leave a mark on humankind”. Indeed!
Highest of the High Rhythmic darkness surrounds the listener, with flashy guitar styles. A phrase I hear in the lyrics are, “shock with therapy”. Hmmm....is this the planning of the demise of humans? We are left in a swirl of keyboard notes at the conclusion of the song.
Trifecta This is not a horse race dear readers. We hear what is akin to a church organ, accompanied by the lead guitar, a steadfast drum and bass beat, then we hear the piano keys with a darker side. When the growling vocals kick in, we are assaulted right down to our souls. A clean finish take us to the end of the song and the album.
What I can say about this entire album is that it is filled with ever present demons who are seeking to control the underworld and our world as we humans know it! I encourage the listener to use their headphones while listening to the tracks. You don't want to miss a single detail that the band and the producer have incorporated throughout every song! This release gives us excellent integration of all instruments, and vocalizations. The overall production has given us the quintessential doom/black metal sound that will win over those not already hooked to the sub genre.
Be sure to see Psychotic Gardening when they invade your town or city. The being in the sky orders you to see them or be prepared to pay with your soul!