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Album Review

The Human Abstract are a technical/progressive metal band, somewhere between Muse and Neuraxis. They've got harsh vocals (from former From First to Last guitarist Travis Richter), sweepingly epic songs that transition from chugga-chugga guitar riffing to delicate piano melodies, death metal roars to nasal crooning and back multiple times. The longer songs, like the seven-minutes-plus "Antebellum," have a real beauty reminiscent of Radiohead in their Pink Floyd period, where some of the shorter ones like the title track or "Holographic Sight" occasionally get too caught up in change for its own sake, shifting from one section to another seemingly for ADD-related rather than artistic reasons, but nothing here is mere "riff salad." The guitar solos are clean and augment the songs rather than dragging them to a halt for an outburst of wanky shredding, and the drumming is powerful, somehow balancing intricacy and power. Some songs ("Complex Terms" and "Horizon to Zenith" in particular) owe more to Muse than others, but that's not really a bad thing. And the closing track, "Patterns," is one of the best cuts on the record, dramatic and shredtastic. This is a major statement by a band that seemingly has yet to peak.

Customer Reviews

Pat Trivedi

Masterpiece of an album. Digital Veil brings this band to a whole new level musically. They are above everything that is out right now. I have played this album for non-metal listeners and they have agreed that this converted them. This is the type of album that you want to share with others. Horizon to Zenith, Antebellum, Complex Terms are the cream of the cream on this album. Patterns and Faust can be played on repeat forever. Elegiac is the best intro to an album, you can just picture this song on and see them walking out on stage right after the acoustic intro. Digital Veil and Holographic sight are perfect for the heavier enthusiasts but also is incredible on a musical/composition scale. Thank you Human Abstract for this Masterpiece of an album.


Progressive technical metal at its best..

Get this album!!!!

This cd is mind-blowing! If you read the reviews and don't buy the album, congratulations, you just made the biggest mistake o your life!


Formed: 2001 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

When a band takes its name from one of the metaphysical British poet William Blake's most allegorical and impenetrable poems, it clearly isn't taking the easy route to fame and fortune. In keeping with their titular inspiration, the Human Abstract favor a brainy, progressive take on contemporary metal and hardcore that looks beyond the usual cars-and-girls themes. Guitarist Dean Herrera and guitarist and keyboardist A.J. Minette formed the Human Abstract in 2004, adding bassist Kenny Arehart, drummer...
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