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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.

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Metal Anomaly!!!

This album is one of the most beautiful / heavy / complex / brutal, musical compositions i have ever heard. The Human Abstract have raised the bar higher than and band today could. This record has to be the best metal record of the year and perhaps of the decade. What The Human Abstract does with all the musical elements combining classical pieces with melodic solos, unsual time signatures, amazing singing and screaming, brutal and face pounding breakdowns is something you dont see practiced to a perfection with todays bands. I have been waiting for this album since before they announced they were recruiting a new lead vox (2009) and it has been worth the wait. I love these guys!!!!!

20 billion stars

Me likey.

Their best album yet!

Best Metal album I've heard this year so far!

Biography

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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