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Believer “Ego Machine”

Believer will be releasing their fifth album, Transhuman, on April 12th through Metal Blade Records. They initially released a video for the song “G.U.T.” which showcased the band’s new direction — a direction that seemed to focus more on stiff rhythms than on thrashy aggression. It was also the first song to showcase the band’s new vocal style on the choruses. The clean harmonized vocal style worked well contrasted with the band’s typical metal ‘rasp’ and showed that they were serious about continuing to push their progression.

The next song to be released was “Mindsteps”. This is an uplifting song that closes out the album with more stiff rhythms and a huge focus on melody. It also features nothing but Kurt Bachman’s new clean singing style. “Mindsteps” is also notable because it’s easily one of the band’s most subdued numbers. With the release of this song the band proved beyond a doubt that Transhuman had the potential to be a huge departure.

They’ve now released the final song before the release of the album, “Ego Machine”. “Ego Machine” displays yet another facet of Transhuman’s overall sound. This song brings back some of the band’s thrash leanings as well as the high pitched rasp associated with it. The chorus has the potential to be a surprise to fans with its deep throaty growl contrasted with clean singing in the background. Despite the thrashier sound it also still adheres to the band’s focus on stiff rhythms and a slightly mechanical feel.

These three songs are a great representation of Transhuman’s new direction. It’s a sound that is based on mechanical rhythms, despondent melodies, dissonant chords and a wide array of different vocal styles. Those that are hoping for a fifth release of technical thrash may have to set their expectations aside, but it shouldn’t take much for them to come around to Believer’s most ambitious album so far.

Believer “Mindsteps”

G.U.T.





Willie
04.07.11
So, I have the whole album and it is pretty cool, but definitely a big change for the band. It's like Devin Townsend's 'Accelerated Evolution' meets Voivod's 'Nothingface' -- kind of.

ev0ken
04.07.11
neato willie, i cannot wait to get my copy in the mail next week, this is one of my top 10 anticipated releases of 11.

Willie
04.07.11
I was really looking forward to this too. It's definitely a surprise and it shouldn't disappoint.

Mordecai.
04.07.11
great song. can't wait to get hold of the album

pizzamachine
04.07.11
Good stuff again!

bloc
04.07.11
WHO AM IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII?

Willie
04.07.11
Uh. I don't know... who?

Acanthus
04.07.11
Hmm I've never checked these guys out but I like the overall feel of "Ego Machine quite a bit.

Willie
04.08.11
You'd probably like the whole album then... probably the one before it, Gabriel, too.

bloc
04.08.11
As long as they're using the same chorus from Mindsteps in every song.

Willie
04.08.11
They use the vocal style a lot, but Believer aren't the type of band to rehash anything.

bloc
04.08.11
Dang, because I really really REALLY like that chorus.

Willie
04.08.11
Well, there are a lot of really good choruses on the album. I think you'd probably really like the opening track. I guess you'll have to wait til Tuesday to hear that, though ;)

Curse.
04.12.11
I love these tracks and I need to pick this up

krig9412
04.13.11
Are the vocals a grower? Something about the higher rasp feels...restrained. Hard to describe, but does it take a couple listens? Other than that the instrumentation is fabulous. Some really great stuff here.

Willie
04.13.11
If you haven't heard this band before then try something from 'Gabriel' because the higher rasp is the only vocal style used on that album and it is a bit more forceful. I think he was going for a totally different approach to the vocals on this album.

keyserfunk
04.15.11
The old vocals were so distinctive/unique, but the new style works well too for this different musical approach.

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